People in debt in Aberdeen urged to act quickly
People with serious debts in Aberdeen are being urged to seek help sooner rather than later.
Clients with debts totalling more than £5m have sought help from Aberdeen's Citizens Advice Bureau over the past nine months.
The service has managed to get about £1.6m of that written off.
The bureau is gearing up for one of its busiest times of the year as families face up to trying to tackle their Christmas bills.
Zara Strange, the CAB manager in Aberdeen, told BBC Scotland: "Take action as soon as possible, the longer you leave it the harder it's going to be before everything can be resolved."
Mortgages are said to be the main problem area, followed by personal loans, store cards and credit cards.