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Charity: We cannot allow children to pay price of debt

The Children's Society has warned of the dangers of ignoring the emotional impact family debt has on children.

Chief executive Matthew Reed said:

Families are increasingly relying on debt as a way to make ends meet - but we're in danger of ignoring the impact this is having on children now and in the future.

We cannot allow children to pay the price of debt.

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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