Perennial offers more advice on eviction and serious debt

Perennial is advising more horticulturists on avoiding eviction and serious debt problems despite the economy now being healthier than it was in 2008.

The charity helped the same number of clients with debt advice between January and June 2014 compared to the same period last year.

However more are coming forward saying they are in danger of losing their homes, according to director of services Sheila Thompson.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of possession actions largely due to the changes in the benefits system and an increase in the number of debt relief orders and bankruptcies that we’re helping with," she said.

"Despite the economy improving, salary rises have not picked up since the recession while the cost of living continues to rise.  

"Salaries in the horticultural sector are no different to those in other sectors and people have not seen pay rises whereas they have seen rises in the basic cost of living.

"For those faced with losing their home the economic upturn is an abstract concept that has had no effect on their lives."

Perennial launches its HortAid fortnight on September 1 and is encouraging people from across the industry to ‘Go Green for HortAid’ and help raise funds and awareness for Perennial.

The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics showed that UK unemployment fell to 2.12 million people by the end of May and 73 per cent of the population is now employed. However the ONS also reported that wage rises including bonuses were at their lowest since 2009, while excluding bonuses average wage increases were their lowest since 2001.

Perennial launches its HortAid fortnight on September 1 and is encouraging people from across the industry to ‘Go Green for HortAid’ and help raise funds and awareness for Perennial.

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