Council Advice Shop to help those struggling with debt

Edinburgh residents are being urged to seek help with debt worries by contacting the Advice Shop.

The service, which is run by the City of Edinburgh Council, offers a range of advice and support to people who are struggling with debt and now provides access to the Scottish Government’s Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS) which is designed to help people pay back what they owe and prevent their debts from mounting up.

There are a number of companies on the market that offer access to the scheme but the Council provides the service for free to those living in Edinburgh.

DAS was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2004 and enables people to pay back their debts over a reasonable amount of time, while their interest is frozen. It also acts to protect people’s homes while they pay off their debts, provided they can keep up with their mortgage repayments.

Health and Wellbeing Convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson, said: “Debt can have a devastating effect on people’s lives and for some the burden of owing money can become too great. I would urge anyone who is worried to contact the Advice Shop for free advice and access to the Debt Arrangement Scheme.

“Help is at hand and with the right advice it is possible to pay back debts in a manageable way while being protected from creditors.”

To make an appointment with a specialist debt advisor, you can phone the Advice Shop on 0131 200 2360 or email advice.shop@edinburgh.gov.uk

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