It’s never too late to do something about your financial situation

That was the message from Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster when she visited Advice NI headquarters.

Advice NI provides free and impartial money advice services for people with debt problems, Debt Action NI.

Urging individuals to take control of their finances, Arlene Foster said: “Over the coming weeks, many people will find themselves burdened by money worries, particularly as post Christmas credit card bills begin to land on the doormat.

“Even if you went a little overboard in the run up to Christmas, it’s not too late to do something about your financial situation. While it can be tempting to adopt a ‘stick your head in the sand’ approach, this doesn’t make the problem go away. Instead, January is a great time to take a fresh look at your financial situation and make a plan for the year ahead.”

During the visit Arlene Foster launched a new range of money management advice and information on the NIDirect websiteexternal linklink to external website.

The Minister continued: “People often feel overwhelmed and problems can feel like they are spiralling out of control. From today, you will be able to find a wide range of information on NIDirect such as help with budgeting, advice on how to keep bills down, or simply learn new ways to manage your money better.

“There are also many support services available from the NI Executive, as together we are developing ways to help people take action and take control of their finances. This work takes many different forms including the provision of free and accessible debt advice, as well as working with families and vulnerable groups to ensure they are receiving the support and advice they need, be that in terms of benefits, grants, or services.”

Arlene Foster concluded: “Economically, the last few years have been difficult and many households have felt the squeeze on their disposable income. Accessing the right advice and support as well as learning how to save and budget effectively can have a hugely positive impact on everyday life.”

You can contact Debt Action NI by our freephone helpline 0800 917 4607, email debt@adviceni.net, text 'Action' to 81025 or browse our website www.debtaction-ni.net.

Press Release by DETI