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step change

[′step ‚chānj]
(electronics)
The change of a variable from one value to another in a single process, taking a negligible amount of time.
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The StepChange Debt Charity freephone helpline - 0800 138 1111 - is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
Phil Andrew, chief executive at StepChange Debt Charity, said: "The regulator's approach to how credit card providers should address long-standing credit card debt initially relies on getting them to encourage people to increase payments voluntarily.
Frances Walker, of StepChange, said: "A combination of stagnating incomes and spiralling living costs has tipped many households over the edge into unmanageable debt.
Richard Lane, head of external affairs at StepChange Debt Charity, said: "Among StepChange clients responsible for paying council tax, 30% last year were in arrears on it at the time they sought help from us.
But the overall average debt level of StepChange's Welsh clients continued to fall last year, from PS14,027 in 2013 to PS12,759 in 2014.
Like saving into a workplace pension, the government and employers could also contribute to the pot, through tax relief and employers' contributions, StepChange suggests.
Commenting on the figures, Delroy Corinaldi, external affairs director at StepChange Debt Charity, said: "These figures are very worrying as staying warm is particularly important as you get older.
As well as clients of StepChange Debt Charity who are under the age of 25 owing less to friends and family than older generations, the amount they owe is decreasing too.
StepChange Debt Charity has revealed some very worrying figures, exclusively to our Fair Credit for All campaign, which we are running with Hollywood actor and activist Michael Sheen and his End High-Cost Credit Alliance.
Meanwhile, debt charity StepChange estimate 1.4million households used credit to cover basic living expenses.
Those whose sleep patterns are being disrupted are typically losing 11 nights' worth of sleep a year, according to the findings by StepChange Debt Charity.
StepChange Debt Charity has seen a marked rise in the numbers of people aged 60 and over seeking its help with rent and mortgage arrears.