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Debt advice inquiries increase in Jersey

The amount of islanders seeking advice about debt rose by 53% in 2009, Jersey's Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) has said.

Lynda Taylor, a debt advice caseworker for the CAB, said the average debt per individual client stood at £21,500.

The annual CAB report showed inquiries for debt advice numbered 1,264.

Francis Le Gresley, CAB manager, said Jersey's government needed to prioritise its work to focus on issues stemming from the recession.

'From all walks'

Mr Le Gresley told BBC Jersey: "I think it's the perception that the States of Jersey maybe should be addressing some of the issues caused by the recession to the man in the street.

"We cite, for example, youth unemployment which is a very big problem and will increase this summer when our current students leave school.

"Those are the sort of issues that we feel at the bureau should be receiving high priority."

Ms Taylor added: "The people who get into debt are from all walks of life, single people, families, even the elderly as well, it's a case of it can hit anyone."

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