The high cost of credit - and alternatives to payday and short-term loans - were discussed in this month's political programme, Around The House.
Helen Ford was joined by the Conservative MP for Hexham Guy Opperman - and Stockton North's Labour MP Alex Cunningham - to consider the options for people struggling with debt, and the high level of demand for emergency loans.
You can watch the debate here:
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