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This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"Charity the Money Advice Trust says it has seen a 181% jump in the number of people seeking advice for fuel debts ..."


  • brewerdavebrewerdave Forumite
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    Big problem is that Utility companies can allow these debts to build up over a relatively long period ( possibly 12 months or more) - can make the problem insurmountable when its recognised.They need to be much more proactive in ensuring that DDs are set at the correct amount etc
    Finance companies and their ilk (internet service providers,telecoms companies etc) are much "better" at jumping on debts early.Some react agressively if only one payment is missed
  • BargainGaloreBargainGalore Forumite
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    Whilst I agree with post 2 also energy prices in recent years have gone up a lot an what with past two years long winters and falling living standards due to inflation and low increases in wages this probably hasn't helped too
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