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Breathing Space Policy

The government recently announced its new Breathing Space policy which will protect people in debt from interest, fees and enforcement for 60 days. For years Citizens Advice has been calling for the government to introduce protections for people struggling to repay their debts, so we’re pleased to see the government take action.

The new scheme includes a statutory debt repayment plan to give people a way to repay their debts. It shows the government has recognised that the most effective way to reclaim debt is to help people, rather than punish them.

The scheme is a big step forward, but Citizens Advice is concerned that it could be undermined by wider policy decisions. It must cover everyone and be part of wider reforms to ensure people in debt are treated fairly.

Click here to find out what changes Citizens Advice is seeking.

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