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This report examines the links between problem debt and the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people.

The report highlights how debt makes parents, children and young people feel anxious, out of control, ashamed and alone. Problem debt across the country is putting the mental health and well-being of children at risk, with almost a quarter of children in problem debt-ridden households feeling unhappy with their lives.

It recommends the Government creates a breathing space for families, with time to repay their debts with no rising fees or visits from intimidating bailiffs.

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Month of publication 
September
Year of publication 
2016
Number of pages 
31
Author 
Ilona Pinter, David Ayre, Emily Emmott
Category 
Policy and lobbying
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