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'Worrying' rise in household bill debt

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.

Citizens Advice Bureau say more people can't pay household bills Credit: ITV News

It's a huge concern to us. This new trend we have identified means people on low income are clearly struggling to meet everyday costs of living. Sometimes it only takes one life event to mean people do have debt. for example lose their job or become ill that can trigger someone getting into debt and that can be a real struggle for some people.

– Julie Ann Evans, Citizens Advice Bureau

In the past year the advice service has helped 26,400 people with more than 124,500 debt-related problems.