CHRISTMAS can be a time of increased stress and anxiety for families who are living on the breadline, Bucks County Council (BCC) cabinet member for children’s services Val Letheren has warned.
Nearly 12,000 children in Bucks are living in poverty and earlier this year BCC adopted a Bucks Child Poverty Strategy.
Mrs Letheren said: “Bucks is perceived as an affluent county, but there are some areas where you will find some of the worst deprivation in England.
“The temptation for families, especially those already facing financial hardship, to borrow and fall prey to unscrupulous moneylenders is immense at this time of year. But, what starts as a short-term fix for Christmas can lead to long-term hardship.”
The Bucks Family Information Service has a Family Finances page on its website at www.bucksfamilyinfo.org or call 0845 688 4944. Anyone worried about loan sharks can contact the national Illegal Money Lending Team, at www.direct.gov.uk/stoploansharks