New figures reveal that Aberdeen is one of the top-ranking cities in the UK for personal debt levels.
From Q3 to Q4 in 2018, the amount owed by those seeking help increased by 53% – with Christmas spending being one of the reasons for this.
Average unsecured debts among these residents climbed to £31,087 – well above the national average of £19,581, according to the Quarter 4 Personal Debt Index (PDI).
Paul Mason, CEO at Creditfix, said: “It is troubling to see people in Aberdeen struggling with high debt, even before the post-Christmas financial hangover hits.
“The excesses of Christmas will only compound existing financial problems, as credit card bills are now arriving in January and pay day seems a long way away.
“While some people are well aware that they have overspent, there are other reasons why people get further into debt at this time of year.”