New research by the Citizens Advice Bureau reveals an increase in the number of people getting into debt. They say they are concerned that more people are getting into debt over essential household bills.
In the past year the advice service has helped 26,400 people with more than 124,500 debt-related problems.
- Work out a basic budget, including rent, gas, electricity, travel and food
- Prioritise the most important bills. The consequences for not paying some debts, like rent or council tax, can be much more serious than for others, so paying these first is important. Once you have done that, you can look at your budget and work out how much can go towards other debts
- Make the most of the offers available to young people. Under 25s can often get discounts on travel and you may not have to pay council tax if you are in full-time education or on an apprenticeship. Check citizensadvice.org.uk for more information
A new generation of young people are burdening themselves with "stifling" levels of debt, Citizens Advice has warned, after seeing the number of requests for help from this age group surge by a fifth in a year.
Across Wales and England people aged 17 to 24 have asked the charity for help with 102,296 debt issues in the last year - a figure 21% higher than the previous year.
Citizens Advice also said its analysis of official data, covering the UK as a whole, found that young people have £12,215 of "unsecured" (non-mortgage) debt on average, more than three times the average £3,988 debt just before the financial downturn between 2006 and 2008.
There have also been changes in the types of loans they are shouldering.The charity said that while much of the debt rise is due to student loans, there has also been an increase in "formal" loans such as bank or payday lending, as well as borrowing from friends and family.
Families across Wales are feeling the pinch as the cost of their festive spending begins to hit home, with many turning to pawnbrokers to pay the bills. Richard Morgan reports.
Dayne Owens, of the Citizens Advice Bureau, says many families are getting into debt not only on Christmas presents, but everyday items such as food and clothes.
Debt and benefit surgeries are being run in Carmarthenshire for residents struggling with debt.
RDP Sir Gâr are hosting free drop-in surgeries advising on benefit claims, debt management, entitlement checks, getting back to work and budgeting.
The surgeries are part of the Rural Community Inclusion project that aims to increase the availability and accessibility of basic services and facilities in rural areas.
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According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, more people than ever before have taken out payday loans over this festive season than ever before.
Anyone struggling to pay off their Christmas spending can get free advice on how to deal with their debt from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Other groups offering help include debt charity Stepchange which has a free helpline 0800 138 1111 and a 24-hour anonymous online counselling service, and National Debtline which offers free, confidential advice on 0808 808 4000.
January is the worst time of year for those struggling with debt, according to the Citizens' Advice Bureau.
Many families are feeling the pinch as they begin to count the cost of their festive spending with research finding that around 5million British adults are considering taking out a payday loan in the next six months.
Pawnbroker Robin Rosalski, of Get Cash Quick in Queensferry, has been in business for 13 years and says he's never known it to be so busy.
He says people are so desperate, they are pawning everything and anything, from war medals to cars.