Debt counselling service expands in Gloucestershire

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A faith-based service helping people deal with their debts is expanding its work into Gloucestershire.

National charity Christians Against Poverty is establishing two new offices in Cheltenham and Stroud.

"Debt coaches" will visit people in their homes to help work out sensible budgets with long-term support.

Cheltenham centre manager Ruth Bird said the idea was to provide a "holistic" service looking at every aspect of income and expenditure.

"Some figures we've seen recently suggests that Citizens Advice Bureau are taking 9,000 new debt inquiries every day, so I'm sure there are a large number of people in debt in Gloucestershire who are going to be looking for help," she said.

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