North East Wales

Shelter Cymru debt help project in Wrexham wins grant

A new advice service for people in Wrexham struggling to pay their bills has received £250,000 in lottery funding.

The money will fund a three-year Shelter Cymru project giving advice to about 200 householders a year.

Staff recruitment has been taking place prior to service starting this autumn.

The charity said the grant was a "really big deal" as high levels of personal debt has been identified among people living in the area.

"We know that people are finding things tough financially at the moment," said a Shelter Cymru spokesperson.

'Complex cases'

"We see it every day in our casework, while a survey carried out for us by YouGov earlier this year showed that more people are starting to use their credit cards to cover day to day expenses."

The spokesperson said getting the right advice on dealing with money problems can make the difference between managing a situation or sliding into serious debt.

The grant of £249,982 will fund specialist money and debt advice dealing from one-off inquiries through to complex cases requiring casework, negotiation with creditors and court representation.

The money from the Big Lottery Fund has been awarded through its People and Places programme.

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