THE number of Sheffield people seeking financial advice has hit a four-year high, according to a debt charity.
The Consumer Credit Counselling Service was called by 2,590 people last year, while the number starting a repayment plan plummeted to 667, from 759 in 2006.
The charity is worried vulnerable people will turn to fee-charging firms which it says will only aggravate the problem.
It is urging anyone in Sheffield worried about debt, or struggling to cover the cost of day-to-day expenses, to seek free advice and support.
Delroy Corinaldi, CCCS external affairs director, warns: “The picture is undoubtedly bleak and it seems likely many more families, including better-off ones, will find themselves in debt.
“I am very concerned about the situation. It is growing worse due to the ongoing impact of the recession.”
Call CCCS free on 0800 1381111 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday or go to www.cccs.co.uk