Today (Monday 22 March),
we mark the beginning of
Debt Awareness Week, the
charity’s annual campaign to raise awareness of problem debt and remind people
that free, impartial advice is available.
This year’s event comes as Britain marks the anniversary of its first national lockdown, with the Coronavirus pandemic having had a devastating effect on the finances of many people across the country.
The theme for this year’s Debt Awareness Week is encouraging people to take #TheFirstStep towards getting debt help, by opening up the conversation around debt and removing the stigma that can surround financial problems.
While some in the country are looking forward to a brighter future post-lockdown, others are seriously worried about their job and housing security. StepChange hopes to encourage anyone worried about their pandemic debts to take the first step towards recovering from a difficult year.
Richard Lane, Director of External Affairs at StepChange says:
“This Debt Awareness Week, we’re focusing on breaking down the stigma that surrounds debt, opening up the conversation and encouraging people to take #TheFirstStep towards resolving their money worries.
“With the week also marking a year since lockdown began in England and Wales, and 2.5 million people facing a financial crisis due to the impacts of coronavirus, it’s more important than ever that households across the country know where to get help. You are not alone.
“You can help this week by spreading the word, talking to your friends about any worries they may have, and, if you are struggling with your finances right now, by taking #TheFirstStep towards your financial recovery by getting in contact with StepChange for free, expert debt advice.”