Government praises key role of debt advice for homeowners

Each day, the National Debtline receives around 1600 calls, with each call lasting an average 17 minutes.

Advertisements directing people to the National Debtline and the Government’s website, www.direct.gov.uk/mortgagehelp, have appeared in "hotspots" across the country – identified as having a greater risk of repossession due to higher levels of unemployment and court orders for repossessions.

Healey said: "I wanted to see for myself the important work that the National Debtline in Birmingham is doing to provide much-needed advice and support to help struggling families to avoid losing their home.

"This is a key part of the comprehensive range of support the Government has put in place to help homeowners avoid repossession, which has helped over 330,000 people since April last year.

"I would urge anyone facing mortgage difficulties not to stick their head in the sand, but to contact the National Debtline or visit our website to get free, impartial advice so they can take control and keep their home."

Chief Executive of National Debtline, Paul Mullins, said: "Over the last two quarters, the number of callers who are behind with their mortgage payments has risen by over 15% and we are delighted to be part of Community and Local Government’s campaign to help prevent repossessions."

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