Live updates

One in eight will struggle to pay the rent this month

1 in 8 will struggle to pay the rent or mortgage in January Credit: ITV News West Country

One in eight people in the South West fear they won't be able to pay their rent or mortgage at the end of the month, according to housing charity Shelter. It's urging those with financial problems to seek help before matters spiral out of control

Shelter says more than 40 per cent of householders expect to struggle with bills

Debt on the increase in South West

Survey shows increase in debt in the South West Credit: PA

The debt charity, Step Change, has reported a rise in enquiries from people in the South West who have got into financial trouble.

In the first nine months of 2013 almost 9,000 people contacted the charity's helpline for assistance with debt. That was more than for the whole of 2012.

Advertisement

More people seek help for debt problems

The charity found that people in the region were £15 short each month after covering household bills Credit: PA

The debt charity, Step Change, has reported a rise in enquiries from people in the South West who have got into financial trouble.

In the first nine months of 2013 almost 9,000 people contacted the charity's helpline for assistance with debt. That was more than for the whole of 2012.

Load more updates