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Croydon and Redhill: UK's debt-worry hotspots

Map of Croydon. Credit: Google Maps

Croydon and Redhill in Surrey are 2 of the 10 debt-worry hotspots in the UK.

The areas have been identified by postcode analysis from debt management firm PayPlan.

They have created a map using the locations of the 40,000 people seeking help with their debt over the past year.

Jason Eves, PayPlan Director said:

"We know that on average only one in six people with debt problems will seek help.

"Often these people feel isolated and alone and don’t know where to turn.

"What this map clearly shows is the scale of the problem throughout the UK and we want people to be aware that free debt help is available.”

Map of Redhill, Surrey Credit: Google Maps

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Croydon is top hotspot for money worries

Tram pulls up in Croydon town centre Credit: PA

Croydon is the place in Britain where people are most likely to worry about mounting debt.

The south London suburb has been identified as the top debt-worry hotspot by PayPlan, a debt management company who surveyed 40,000 people.

Nearby, Redhill in Surrey has also made the list. It is where the fifth highest number of people have sought help for their debt worries.

Londoners among 'most affected' by below living wage pay

By the number of people, London, as well as the North West and the South East are the most affected areas. Workers in the hospitality industry are the worst affected, with 90% of bar staff paid lower than the living wage. More than four out of five waiters were also paid less than the living wage.

Living wage Credit: Press Association

Lower paid workers hit hardest - KPMG

Accountancy firm KPMG says that at a time of economic hardship, lower paid workers are feeling the impact hardest with more than 4 in 10 saying that their finances are worse now than they were just one month ago.

The living wage is a voluntary rate of pay that some employers give their staff. KPMG says that since 2001 it has positively impacted more than 10,000 employees and their families and redistributed over £96 million to some of the lowest paid workers in the UK.

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Some Londoners paid less than living wage

Some 4.82 million UK workers receive less than the living wage - the rate of pay designed to help workers to afford a basic standard of living.

The rate is currently £8.30 an hour in London and £7.20 in the rest of the country, compared with the national minimum wage rate of £6.19 an hour

Workers receiving less than living wage Credit: Press Association
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