Debt problems have led to rise in domestic and financial abuse, says Braintree Council report

Debt problems have been blamed for a rise in domestic and financial abuse.

Debt problems have been blamed for a rise in domestic and financial abuse.

First published in North Essex

Debt problems have been blamed for a rise in domestic and financial abuse.

The claim was made in a report on how the controversial council tax support scheme has worked in Braintree district.

New rules on who is eligible for help with council tax payments were brought in by the Government in April last year.

Braintree Council tasked a group of councillors to review the first six months of the scheme, which saw more people having to contribute towards their bill.

The report, produced this summer, also involved the Citizens Advice Bureau and Greenfields Community Housing, for whom the changes have affected about a third of tenants.

It concluded the scheme was working well, but raised concerns that financial abuse and domestic violence cases had risen due to debt problems and some people had taken out payday loans to resolve their moneyissues.

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11:12am Sun 31 Aug 14

Bhudeeka says...

yes and this country inwsists on being insulting and rubbing salt in theire wounds with the numerous overseas beggikng adverts and numerous beggars with buckets in train stations and on the streets!!!!
yes and this country inwsists on being insulting and rubbing salt in theire wounds with the numerous overseas beggikng adverts and numerous beggars with buckets in train stations and on the streets!!!! Bhudeeka
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9:35pm Sun 31 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Actually I’m minded to think that those ‘numerous beggars with buckets’ provide quite a useful public service.

Like somewhere to throw up after encountering examples of the Vitriolic Ectoplasmic Claptrap which so frequently and predictably emanates from a certain source within these comments columns.
Actually I’m minded to think that those ‘numerous beggars with buckets’ provide quite a useful public service. Like somewhere to throw up after encountering examples of the Vitriolic Ectoplasmic Claptrap which so frequently and predictably emanates from a certain source within these comments columns. OMPITA [Intl]
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