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Our work in Parliament

Working with parliamentarians on policy briefings, events & constituency debt trends.

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StepChange Debt Charity. Helping your constituents deal with debt.

As the UK’s largest specialist provider of free and independent debt advice we speak up for all who are affected by problem debt, right across society.

We provide briefings for MPs, peers and MSPs, work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance, and lobby government on our evidence-led campaigns. We also provide practical resources so MPs can work with us to make a real difference to constituents’ lives.

General Election 2017:

A chance to help turn round lives held back by debt

Based on our experience as the UK’s largest debt advice charity StepChange suggests a range of policies that will help struggling households now.

Read our Election brief

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance

We provide the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Debt and Personal Finance, which brings together MPs, peers and stakeholders to discuss, debate and campaign on issues affecting household debt and family finances. There are over 30 members of the group, from both Houses of Parliament and across the political spectrum. Visit the APPG website to find out more.

Campaign with us

We speak up for all who are affected by problem debt, right across society through our policy recommendations and campaigns. Our reports raise key policy issues and set out practical, high impact solutions.

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Fixing the credit safety net

Using credit to survive is a risky choice that can push people into a harmful cycle of debt.

Sustainable credit and better safety nets

council tax arrears crisis

Council tax: the growing arrears crisis

Since 2010, we've has seen a 372% rise in the number of people we've helped with council tax arrears.

The impact of aggressive enforcement action

overcoming the UK's saving crisis

Overcoming the UK's savings crisis

How to help people on low incomes build an emergency savings buffer.

Becoming a nation of savers

Action plan on problem debt

Action Plan on Problem Debt

How the UK government can reduce the £8.3 billion social cost of debt.

Our 6-point plan to deal with problem debt

The £8.3 billion challenge

Problem debt costs the UK £8.3bn through the damage it causes to family life, health, productivity, costs to the state and other agencies.

The social cost of problem debt

the debt trap

The Debt Trap

Our report, written alongside The Children's Society, lifts the lid on the devastating effect debt can have on children.

The impact of debt on families with children

Contact our policy team

Ask our parliamentary team about debt trends in your constituency.

Please note, these contacts are for parliamentary enquiries only.

Mark Haslam
Public Affairs Officer

0207 391 4584 Office hours

Sorana Vieru
Public Affairs Officer

0207 391 4598 Office hours


Helping you become debt free...

“I wish to thank your staff for all the great help they gave me when I was in so much debt.
They were a pillar of support to me.” (Leslie, Essex)

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