A NEW debt counselling service is to open in Barnsley to be run in association with a local church.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has partnered with Gateway Church, Barnsley to run the service, which will see each client visited in their own home.

The charity does all the negotiating with creditors and local volunteers offer support to each person face-to-face until the day they are debt free.

Barnsley centre manager Jonathan Tweedle said: “The Church has always been about offering hope and we're really pleased to be able to give a tried-and-tested route out of debt alongside other great free debt advice in the area like the Citizens Advice Bureau.

“There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debt-related so our congregation has been working hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.

“Debts can happen when a relationship breaks down, or someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache.”

The charity has 200 centres around the UK and has been praised by TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis for its efficient service.

More info from www.capdebthelp.org or call 0800 328 0006