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PayPlan is now helping people struggling to cope with debt after being bereaved through homicide, through a new partnership with the charity Victim Support.

The government’s Victims Commissioner reported in 2012 that

the average cost of bereavement due to homicide was £37,000 [1] – at least £10,000 more than the average salary in the UK [2]. This can leave those affected in great financial difficulties.

Alex Newton, business development manager at PayPlan, said:
“The cost to people affected by homicide is high. This is where PayPlan can help. Victim Support’s team can now use a secure website to refer those who need help with debt to PayPlan. This will ensure a smooth process and means we can track what we’ve done to help those people and report back to the charity.”

Cathy Owen, Homicide Service manager at Victim Support said:
“The Homicide Service has already helped more than 1,500 people bereaved by murder or manslaughter. My team provides a wide range of practical and emotional support to people who are directly affected by this crime.

“If they need specialist advice about managing money, we look to expert sources such as PayPlan’s free services. They can use its expert debt help and a range of practical solutions at no cost to them or to the charity.”

For more information about PayPlan’s free debt management solutions, please call 0800 280 2816 or visit www.payplan.com

To find out more about how the charity Victim Support supports crime victims and witnesses, or to make a donation, please visit www.victimsupport.org.uk

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Notes to editors

[1] The financial costs of murder and manslaughter, Victims Commissioner (Ministry of Justice), May 2012

[2] Average UK salary is £27,000 per annum. Office of National Statistics, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2013

PayPlan, one of the country’s largest free debt solution providers, is a trading name of Totemic Limited, which is a limited company registered in England, Company No. 02789854. https://www.payplan.com/

Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. Last year it offered support to more than 1 million victims of crime and helped nearly 200,000 people as they gave evidence at criminal trials through our Witness Service. Victim Support also provides the Homicide Service supporting people bereaved through murder and manslaughter and runs more than 100 local projects which tackle domestic violence, antisocial behaviour and hate crime, help children and young people and deliver restorative justice. The charity has 1,400 staff and 4,300 volunteers and is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. Registered charity no. 298028

Website: http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/victimsupport
Twitter: twitter.com/victimsupport

Free debt counselling, debt adjusting and providing of credit information services is also available from the Money Advice Service.