Debt advice service takes on more staff
Published 14/01/2010 | 05:00
PEOPLE with serious credit card debt problems who approach MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) will typically have other debts also.
The service can help clients by mediating with creditors and buying them time in order to find ways to reduce their debts in a manner that will be acceptable to the creditors.
The free, independent advice service took on additional staff this year in order to deal with a huge rise in demand for its services.
While the extra staff will help reduce the growing waiting lists for its services, the Free Legal Aid Centre (FLAC), a human rights organisation that offers some basic, free legal services to the public,wants to see the type of services offered by MABS take a more central role in helping people deal with serious debt.
"Part of the overall problem that people have is that they tend to have multiple debts and that it is hard to keep all creditors going together," said FLAC director general Noeline Blackwell.
"The current legal system is that each creditor is operating on its own, and chases money in whatever way it can," she added.