More and more families in the region are facing a debt crisis and it may also be causing mental health problems.
Figures from by the charity StepChange suggest that as well as more people getting into debt, the number of people who can't pay for essentials like food is growing.
Some families face a shortfall of £600 between their income and their outgoings over the course of a year.
In the Anglia region, the average monthly shortfall in paying essential bills has grown five-fold from £3 per month in 2012 to £16 in 2013. In Colchester, Essex the figure is as high as £58 per month and in Southend it's £38.
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