Christmas on credit: One in three people will get into debt to buy their presents

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Thousands of people in the North West are worried about how they're going to afford Christmas this year.

A third of people are paying for presents on credit. And perhaps even more worryingly almost 20 per cent of people here are going to borrow money to pay for food over the festive season.

The findings were commissioned by National Debtline. They're launching a #FeelsLikeChristmas social media campaign to encourage people to seek free advice.

I would urge anyone suffering from worries about money or debt to seek free advice from National Debtline or another charity as soon as possible. The sooner you seek advice, the quicker we can help you to start getting back on track, and remove some of the worry that can make this time of year difficult.

Joanna Elson, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust