Poor families need 'somewhere to turn'

Poor families facing financial difficulties need "somewhere to turn" other than to unethical and predatory lenders, a leading figure in the Church of England has said.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, gave his backing to a report into UK household debt and the distress it causes children:

When the monthly struggle to pay the bills becomes too much, often families think they have no option but to borrow money to provide the basics for their children,.

We need to make sure families living in poverty have somewhere to turn other than to usury-lenders.

– Dr John Sentamu

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Charities warn problem debt 'leaves children in distress'

Over a million families are struggling with "problem" debt, causing emotional distress to their children, charities warned. The Children's Society and StepChange debt charity said another three million families were sliding into financial trouble.