Many British consumers see no way out of their money problems, according to a charity boss.
Matt Barlow, UK chief executive of Christians Against Poverty (CAP), said people across the country are "imprisoned by debt".
He made the comments after the debt counselling charity was recognised the best small company to work for by the Sunday Times.
Mr Barlow received the best leader award in the Sunday Times competition, after 97 per cent of CAP employees said its management was good or excellent.
However, in spite of receiving such a "fantastic award", CAP will not become complacent, according to its chief executive.
"Our charity exists because people across the UK are imprisoned by debt and everything we do is driven by the fact that we are called to reach out to these people with a practical demonstration of Jesus’ love," he added.
Meanwhile, a centenarian has urged people to clear debts in order to enjoy longevity.
Gladys Ferris, who turned 100 this weekend, told The Citizen her advice to live a long life is: "Trust in God and never be in debt."