On 20 August 2015, the Money Advice Service (MAS) announced that more people than ever (over 91,300 over the last quarter) have benefited from free debt advice through debt advice projects delivered by partners across the UK and other new processes. 

The figure is an 80% increase on the number of people receiving advice this time last year (51,000) and this puts debt advice projects on track to help over 370,000 people with debt advice this year.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said: “We’re pleased the Money Advice Service funding has meant we can try additional ways of providing debt advice. Helping people avoid financial problems in the first place is also crucial whether that’s planning for an increase in interest rates or managing a change in financial circumstances, so access to frontline money advice services is also key.”