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Debt advisers brace for post-Christmas rush

Citizens' Advice Bureaux staff around Cumbria are preparing for a jump in inquiries from people who've found themselves in debt this Christmas.

The charity's offices in Carlisle and Eden see a 39% increase in the number of people seeking financial help after the festive period.

Darren Shaw, who's a money advice case worker at the charity in Carlisle, says the key message is to get help early.

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Some people could do a lot themselves, go on our online site, and use our tools to work out a budget, or look at the benefits they might be entitled to, alternatively it might be accessing us and we can guide them through that process."

Darren Shaw