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Warning over festive sprees.

STAFF at the Bedworth and District Citizens' Advice Bureau are appealing for people to think twice before going on a spending spree this Christmas.

The advice from the Congreve Walk base is to "buy what you can afford, the thought is what counts."

Nuneaton and Bedworth residents are among the lowest wage earners in the county and bureau staff fear people might get into financial difficulties.

David Gooding, bureau manager, said: "Many people in the borough have debts, whether they be rent, mortgage arrears, large credit bills or high loan repayments.

"Many give way to the temptation to take no extra credit or to rob Peter to pay Paul, in order to give themselves and their children a good Christmas.

"If people take out more loans the repayments on them come round very quickly, adding further strain on the family purse," Mr Gooding said.

"We obviously want people to enjoy Christmas and we are here for those who run into difficulties.

"But thinking of what lies beyond Christmas and budgeting carefully now can lessen the misery and difficulties that overspending brings."
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Date:Nov 27, 2000
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