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The Debt Trap: End the damage to children

Stop debt's harmful effects on children
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What is our Debt Trap campaign?

Many families try desperately to build normal lives for their children. But too often unmanageable debt wrecks their efforts. It takes just one simple setback for families to fall into the Debt Trap.

Find out more about our campaign to stop debt's harmful effects on children.

Payday loan advertising

It isn't right that payday loan companies are making excessive profits on the back of exploiting children and their families, plunging them further into the debt trap. 

We are campaigning for payday loan adverts to be banned during children's TV shows. 

Council tax debt collection

Children and teenagers are feeling frightened after coming face to face with bailiffs in their own homes. These bailiffs are sent by their local council to demand sudden, unrealistic council tax payments.

Show Some Warmth: Energy debt and families

We've seen progress but energy companies still need to do more to eradicate the use of damaging debt practices to help prevent cold family homes and harm to children's health.