Charity expands debt services in Sheffield

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A charity is to open a third debt advice centre in the Sheffield are to meet rising demand.

Christians Against Poverty, which already runs two centres in the city, is to open a branch based in Swallownest, Rotherham.

It comes after figures showed the number of people calling another charity for debt advice had soared by 30 per cent in the first half of the year.

Sheffield Citizens Advice said it was directing people to food banks in the first instance because they had nothing to eat or money to buy groceries.

The average person seeking help had just £20 left for the month after paying essential bills and owed an average of £11,077 in unsecured debt,