A DEBT charity with a Stone branch is hoping that couples celebrating Valentine’s Day will give themselves the chance to tackle money issues too.
Christians Against Poverty has said that in a survey of their clients nearly eight out of ten said debt had negatively affected their relationship.
Stone CAP Centre Manager Carole Dyke said: “We’ve seen many situations where someone knows their debts are growing but they have dared not tell their other half.
“So, they cope with that stress on their own and in the end the problem escalates until they have to say what a mess they are in.
"The good news is, when they have sought help with their debts, we do see relationships – and families – held together.”
The free service is based at Stone Baptist Church but every client is seen in their own home.
Experts at CAP’s head office negotiate with creditors to get interest payments and charges stopped and draw up a budget prioritising essentials like rent, bills and food.
One client, who asked to remain anonymous, said debt counselling gave her and her partner vital breathing space to reconnect.
“We were just constantly falling out. Our relationship was almost beyond repair," she said. "There seemed to be no escape from the worry. We felt hopeless and helpless.
“Since CAP have been involved, everything has totally changed and our relationship is 100 per cent better. Even if things are still sometimes a struggle, we’re able to be positive and feel there’s hope.”
Contact CAP on 0800 328 0006 for debt help or find out more at www.capuk.org.