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Couples 'can't afford to break up'

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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THE recession is piling the pressure on families in Torbay.

Almost half of Relate counsellors nationally helping couples with their relationships are seeing an increasing number having to live together because they can't afford to break up.

And Christine Weston, manager of Relate South Devon, said the area was really feeling the economic downturn, with statistics for Torbay showing this area being among the worst affected nationally.

"Over the past two years, Relate South Devon has seen the increasing financial worries adding to the pressure on struggling relationships and cause the breakdown of others.

"Family issues have also increased because of money worries," she said.

"In the last 12 months Relate South Devon has seen a 15 per cent increase in calls to the centre from couples, families and young people seeking support.

"Good relationships are vital to the wellbeing of everyone, please, don't leave problems to get worse."

A survey from Relate, the largest provider of Relationship support in the UK, found that 71 per cent of counsellors reported that money is becoming a more severe problem for their clients and 80 per cent of counsellors said that clients are unable to finish counselling sessions because of money problems.

The survey of Relate counsellors was conducted as part of their Breadline Britain series.

The survey reveals how couple and family relationships are being affected by austerity.

The majority of Relate families have incomes of less than £30,000.

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