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Number of Exeter CAB debt inquiries falls by 7%

The number of people seeking debt advice from Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has fallen.

The charity said there had been a 7% reduction in debt inquiries from 4,954 in the 2010/11 financial year to 4,603 last year.

The average value of debt per client also decreased by £4,500 to £19,351.

CAB said the majority of inquires were about relationships, divorce and separation which saw a 19% increase on the previous year to 491.

It added there was also an increase in appointments about employment issues, welfare benefits and tax credits.

Exeter CAB Director, Steve Barriball, said the charity helped 3,877 people last year and was "evidence that the human impact of the on-going economic difficulties are far from over".

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