As Britain suffers the worst cost of living crisis in 70 years, the Citizens Advice Bureau opens its doors, offering rare access to their debt advisors.
This powerful and hard-hitting film follows three stories of struggle at a time when an estimated 14 million Brits have been forced into debt for essential living costs, a figure that’s set to rise exponentially this autumn.
The programme travels to Southend, to meet mum-of-two Carly, who’s coping with a spiralling £20,000 debt accrued from one payday loan on top of another. She’s one of millions who’ve fallen prey to unaffordable, easy-access loans that could take a lifetime to repay.
In Manchester, single dad Paulo lives with the daily threat of the bailiffs calling; and 28-year-old Mateena mainly exists on lumps of sugar for food. The staff at Citizens Advice are also under pressure and struggling. Manager Debbie talks about the unprecedented demand: ‘It’s a crisis. Is there going to be anything left in the food banks?’
Broke – Britain’s Debt Emergency – Wednesday at 10.00pm on Channel4.