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Public sector job cuts 'may leave Brits in debt'

Public sector job cuts 'may leave Brits in debt'

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has warned planned culls in public sector jobs could create a whole new wave of British people in debt.

With job cuts looming, the CAB has advised it has seen a six per cent jump in welfare benefits enquiries in comparison to last year as a fresh group of people risk losing their home and possessions due to unemployment.

The main volume of the increase in enquiries is down to concerned workers calling for advice on sick and disability pay in the wake of the announcement of the employment and support allowance, which recently replaced incapacity benefit.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, explained: "With so many flaws in the current system we predict the number of people who come to us for advice on this benefit will only continue to increase."

In 2009, the CAB helped some 1.9 million people across England and Wales solve problems of a financial, legal and personal nature by providing free information and advice from experts at the 416 centres across the country.

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