Calls To Samaritans On Money Worries “Doubled In Three Years”

Calls to the Samaritans' helpline about financial worries have doubled in the three years since the financial crisis began, the charity says.

One in five callers talked about job concerns, housing problems, debt and other financial pressures in 2011 - up from one in 10 calls in 2008.

The survey of more than 2,000 people in the UK found 58% had fears about money.

A large proportion of calls involved worries over high-interest payday loans - an issue highlighted this month by experts claiming that millions would take out the loans over the festive period.

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