08 October 2010

Get help with debts

Lambeth have launched a new service to help Lambeth residents struggling with debt. The message they are sending out is dont struggle with debt, get help!

Lambeth Debt Project will operate from four centres across the borough including one in Mowll Street in Vassall Ward. The service gives residents an opportunity to discuss their debts with a specialist adviser, who will help them deal practically with ongoing problems and find solutions.

Patrick Marples, Director of Lambeth Debt Project, said: "If you are someone who is struggling with money, has problems managing your finances and cannot afford essential items because of debts caused by outstanding loans, credit cards, catalogue bills, utility bills, rents, and mortgage, we can help."

"We understand that talking about these matters can be difficult, but asking for help is usually the hardest part. We have specialist advisers who can give you free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, and help you begin to find a solution to your problems."

"Depending on your circumstances, we can help negotiate affordable re-payments with creditors, increase your income and support you to budget more effectively, or in some circumstances, even help get debts written off."

The service has been set up as part of Lambeth Council's economic recovery plan and is funded by the council.

Councillor Paul McGlone, Lambeth Council's Cabinet Member for Finance, welcomed the introduction of this service saying "We know that some citizens in Lambeth are struggling to live with debt. All too often, these are not debts that have been caused by excessive or irresponsible living. They are debts caused by a change in circumstances that make paying household bills and daily expenses difficult, and it can be a worrying and stressful experience if you find your income has changed and you fall into debt because of it. This new service can discuss your situation, suggest practical steps and negotiate with creditors for you. The advisors are extremely experienced with excellent knowledge of consumer and banking law, so they know their way around the system."

This support is available from
  • Brixton Advice Centre, 167 Railton Road, London, SE24 0LU, call 020 7733 7554
  • Centre 70, 46 Knight’s Hill, London SE27 0JD, call 020 8670 0070
  • Lambeth Law Centre, Unit 4, The Co-op Centre, 11 Mowll Street, London, SW9 6BG, call 020 7840 2000
  • Merton and Lambeth CAB, Ilex House, 1 Barrhill Road, Streatham Hill, London, SW2 4RJ, call 0844 2438430.