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Tens of thousands of children in the North East have been hit by a family debt crisis, according to figures released today.
The Children's Society and the StepChange Debt Charity found 45,000 families in the region - 14% of the total - are failing to keep up with household bills and loan repayments.
This would mean an estimated 75,000 children in the North East are growing up in families troubled by problem debt.
75,000 children in the North East are living in families struggling with debt, according to new research by two charities.
The Children's Society and Step Change Debt Charity found that 14% of the region's families are failing to keep up with bills and owe an average of £1,500 each.
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The Citizens Advice Bureau has offered the following hints and tips for dealing with debt problems.