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Debt and money news – January 2016

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It may be a brand new year but it seems that many of last year’s debt and money issues are far from resolved. It’s also time to fill in your online tax return if you haven’t done so already. No one wants that ugly £100 fine for sending it off late!

On a brighter note, it looks like the bankruptcy application process may be a little bit simpler from April onwards. It also seems that annoying cold-calling firms are finally being taken to task by the powers that be. This should hopefully mean a dramatic reduction in unwanted contact this year.

Also, if you’re a former customer of Cash Genie or its sister companies, you may be owed a refund now that the firms have gone into liquidation. Read on for more details…

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Will you join our #DebtDay campaign?

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January can be a tough time of year. Up and down the country, people are receiving their first credit card statements after Christmas, and payday still seems a long way away.

We predict that Monday will be our busiest day of the year. On that day alone we expect over 20,000 people will turn to us for debt advice over the phone or online, reporting £50m worth of debt.

And with 21m people around the UK struggling to pay their bills, those are just the people who know where to turn.

We need to reach everyone that needs our help, to let them know we’re here to support them. To do this, we’re running a #DebtDay campaign on Monday. To help spread our message we need your help.

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Can you let those struggling with debt know that free debt advice is available?

On Monday we’re using a platform called Thunderclap to help spread the word about free debt advice.

Thunderclap allows people and organisations to share a Tweet or Facebook message at the same time on the same day. By doing this, the impact of our message is stronger and will reach more people. If you sign up, it’ll automatically post our one-off message on your behalf. We need you to do this so we can reach as many people as possible at the same time.

Join our Thunderclap social media campaign

Joining our Thunderclap campaign is easy and only takes a few minutes:

1. Visit our Thunderclap campaign page
2. Choose the social media account you’d like the message to be posted from
3. Log into Twitter or Facebook if you need to
4. Confirm you’re happy for our one-off message to be posted on Monday at 8.30am
5. That’s it!

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Please will you help us let people struggling with debt know they’re not alone and that we’re here to help?

You never know who you might be helping. You could reach a friend or family member without even knowing they’re struggling with debt. By posting our message you could change someone’s life without realising it.

What else is happening on #DebtDay?

Our 12-hour #DebtDay social media event will include an hourly totaliser of total debt reported, stories from the frontline, a debt clinic and much more. Follow us on the day by searching for the hashtag #DebtDay and by following @StepChange and @MoneyAware on Twitter, or StepChange Debt Charity and MoneyAware on Facebook. Find out more about #DebtDay on our website.

Want to do more to help? Do you have any encouraging words to share with someone who may need debt advice? You can share your experience now, via our survey page.

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