Sunderland MP helps Wearsiders fight the banks

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RESIDENTS in Wearside are being offered help in battling the banks by a Sunderland MP.

Washington and Sunderland West’s Sharon Hodgson has encouraged constituents to seek advice if they think they have been mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

Data from the Financial Ombudsman Service shows that the number of people from the constituency contacting their helpline for advice more than doubled in the last financial year (2012/13), to 1,818.

Free advice is available from the Financial Ombudsman Service by calling 0300 1239 123 or at www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk.