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The Financial Inclusion Fund’s (FIF) free national debt advice service is set to close after the government axed its £25m-a-year funding. Last month, the financial secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban, confirmed that funding for the free face-to-face advice service, which has operated since 2005, will end in March. The project helps around 100,000 people every year to manage their debts. Its closure will mean the redundancy of 500 debt advisers, at a time when the demand for debt advice is predicted to soar. Tobias Stapf, FIF project manager in London, said: ‘Last year the FIF debt advice service was found by the National Audit Office to provide “value for money” because it is saving significant amounts for the government, the courts [and other bodies]. ‘Time and time again it has been shown that timely and expert intervention in debt problems can prevent debts spiralling out of control and help people get their lives back on track.’ A Treasury spokeswoman said government had already announced a free and impartial national financial advice service.
British singer-songwriter on the rise Freddie Long has released his new track White Water.Out now to download and stream, the track was written by Freddie and showcases his powerful and gritty vocal. Watch the video below:Freddie explains: “White Water is a void of emotion. There’s a certain person in your life that becomes your rock when you need them the most. Through shit times, lonely moments they’re there for you.”He continues, “Through all this hope there’s always your past experiences, vices, and temptations creeping in, trying to pull you back down. ‘White Water’ references the unsteady current of water within a rapid, unstable current that makes the frothy water appear white. Uncertain and fierce”.The track follows the release of Freddie’s critically acclaimed debut EP Blessed or Cursed. He is currently working on a new EP, which is due for release later in the year, and he’s due to announce more live shows soon.Find out more about Freddie and where you can see him live at https://freddielongmusic.com.