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The real cost of Christmas

The Very Rev Dr John Chalmers describes how the poorest are paying the most for credit.

HOW much did Christmas cost you? That’s a real question, not some way of getting around to the old chestnut about how much more it cost God. Instead it’s a real question because, for very many people, the real cost of Christmas is calculated at the end of January when the dreaded credit card bill drops through the letter box or the overdraft limit hits the bufer. This is when Christmas has to be paid for and that’s OK if you’ve been in a position to budget for what lies ahead, but it is a living hell if it’s the last in a line of inancial pressures.

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