The number of people contacting a debt advice charity for help online doubled during January as growing numbers of people struggled to keep up with their borrowings.
The Consumer Credit Counselling Service said a total of 8,591 people used its online CCCS Debt Remedy tool during the month – twice as many as in December and more than during any month of 2010.
The rise was far greater than the increase in the number of people contacting the charity by telephone, with people seeking help in this way rising by 63 per cent.
The group is predicting a big increase in the number of people unable to keep up with their debt during 2011, as the impact of high inflation and rising taxes take their toll on household bud- gets.
The CCCS Debt Remedy can be found at www.cccs.co.uk