LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 25, 2012) - According to the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS), overdrafts are increasingly being used in replacement of credit cards. The debt charity has reported an increase in the number of people it is helping with overdraft debts despite a fall in overall personal debt in the UK.
In 2012, the average amount of overdraft debt among clients seeking the CCCS' help has risen to £2,082 from £1,748 in 2007. Furthermore, the overall number of people seeking assistance with repaying overdrafts has also jumped from 58,069 in 2007 to 134,540 in 2011.
The CCCS is particularly worried about this rise in overdraft debt because it is notoriously expensive incurring high interest charges by most banks as well as daily fees, sometimes of as much as £1 per day, no matter how into the red a person is.
Credit cards and loans are becoming harder and harder to attain as banks tighten their belt as the recession continues in the UK. However, most people have had overdraft facilities for years and thus they are providing what appears to be an easy way out. But with high charges and interest rates, many people are quickly falling foul of their overdrafts.
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