More cash keeps debt line alive

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THE future of a debt advice line which has helped hundreds of Wearsiders struggling with money worries, has been secured.

Residents can continue benefiting from the free and independent advice offered by the Northern Debt Line, after the Northern Rock Foundation pledged the funding needed to extend the service for a further two years.

Managed by Dawn Advice across the North East and Cumbria, the Northern Debt Line has handled more than 3,600 debt enquiries since its launch in 2010, with five per cent of calls from people in Sunderland.

Liz Chadwick, of Dawn Advice, said: “The Northern Debt Line provides an invaluable service, particularly in the current climate, and there are signs that demand for impartial, free advice will only continue to grow.”