According to official figures, 109 people in Uttlesford have accessed the government's 'Breathing Space' debt respite scheme.

Breathing Space, which was launched in May 2021, provides a 60-day period with no additional interest, charges or creditor action while people get debt advice and make a plan.

National Debtline, one of the free debt advice charities able to register people who are eligible for Breathing Space, provided free advice by phone to 88 Uttlesford residents in the last year.

To mark 'Talk Money Week', which runs from November 6 to 10, National Debtline is urging more people to seek advice as the cost-of-living crisis continues.

David Cheadle, acting chief executive of National Debtline's parent charity, the Money Advice Trust, said: "The cost of living crisis has had a huge impact on household finances and people in Uttlesford and right across the East of England are struggling to cope.

"In the last 12 months alone, National Debtline advisers helped 88 people in Uttlesford through our free phone service – including registering people who are eligible for the government’s new Breathing Space scheme.   

"But we know there are many more people who are struggling alone – and no one should have to do that. 

"I would urge anyone in and around Uttlesford who is worried about their finances to contact our advisers at National Debtline, who can give you the advice and support you need. 

"Our advisers are here to help – and can see if you are eligible for the Breathing Space scheme to give you the time and headspace you need to make a plan. 

"Everyone’s situation is different, and even if you aren’t eligible for this particular scheme, our expert advisers can help find the best option for you."


The Breathing Space scheme aims to allow people to find a safe route out of debt, without being subject to creditor collection and enforcement activity.

Talk Money Week is hosted by the Money and Pensions Service, and takes place each year to highlight the importance of talking about money and seeking support for financial difficulty.

For advice from National Debtline call 0808 808 4000.