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Payment holidays have softened the financial shock of the lockdown - but many households will need further help

8 Mai 2020

Citizens Advice responds to news 700,000 people have taken up payment holidays on credit cards and nearly half a million have been approved for other personal loans.

Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“The payment holidays provided by lenders have helped soften the financial shock of the coronavirus lockdown for hundreds of thousands of people.

“However, there’ll be many households needing further help, and more time, to get their finances in order.  

Renters and council tax payers who are falling behind on payments face a cliff edge when a temporary pause on payment enforcement comes to an end. 

“The government needs to take action to make sure people don’t face eviction or harsh debt collection for falling behind on bills due to coronavirus.“

Notes to editors

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