Hereford & Worcester

Debt charity 'can expand' in wake of spending cuts

A debt counselling charity has said it has the scope to expand if its services are needed more.

On Sunday, the Charities Commission said the government's spending cuts could cost voluntary organisations billions of pounds.

The Herefordshire branch of Christian's Against Poverty said it had increasing numbers of people turning to them for help with debt.

A spokesman said they could add more counsellors to cope with demand.

Centre manager Shelly Bibby said adding more debt counsellors was the easiest way forward at this stage.

"The average wait for a client is about six weeks on average - it can be shorter than that," she said.

"If the need continues to increase we will add additional debt counsellors."

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