Friday, 20 August 2010


If you’re having problems paying your mortgage or rent or are in debt, you could get some Home Debt Help from Thanet District Council.

The debt advice service is encouraging people to come forward and get help at the earliest possible opportunity.

Cllr. Chris Wells, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “If you’re in debt, having problems paying the mortgage or your rent, it’s a problem that you need to tackle now. It may be that, in the current economic climate, the main earner in your house may have recently lost their job or had their hours reduced. Changes like that impact on families and our team is here to help if that’s the case.”

The council’s housing options team is offering a free and confidential housing and debt advice service, which can help with how to maximise your income, reduce your outgoings and can provide information about the benefits available to people.

They can also offer advice and help with applications for the Mortgage Rescue Scheme, which aims to help householders, who have seen their income change dramatically and need help in paying their mortgage. In more complex cases, referrals can be made for more specialist help in legal services and debt advice.

The service was launched after Thanet was identified by the government as a “hotspot” for evictions and repossessions, due to increased levels of redundancies and unemployment.

You can find out more at To get in touch with the Home Debt Help scheme, you can either call 01843 577277 or e-mail The service is free and confidential.

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