North Devon and Torridge residents have saved nearly £3million in the last six months thanks to help from Citizens Advice.

Analysis by the Citizens Advice Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon claims residents in North Devon have benefited to the tune of £2.4million, while Torridge residents are £476,990 better off.

The charity's offices in North Devon have helped 3,552 people with 6,045 issues ranging from benefits and tax credits, debt, employment, housing issues and relationship and family concerns.

The Torridge offices have helped 1,153 people with 1,873 issues.

The charity regularly helps people who are at risk of being made homeless, most of which are struggling with debt.

The charity said in some cases people have avoided being made homeless when their landlord attempted to evict them illegally, or tackled debts that were making them feel stressed and anxious.

The service is run by 25 staff and more than 140 volunteers who provide free, confidential and independent advice.

Vicki Rowe, chief executive of Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon Citizens Advice, said: "Our volunteers and staff help thousands of people across Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon every year to find a way forward. At Citizens Advice we see first-hand the ways that people's health and wellbeing are affected by circumstances in their lives.

"The help we provide local people can also contribute to savings for the public purse.

"By tackling people's problems before they get worse, we can help to relieve pressure on government-funded health and housing services.

"People don't have to suffer in silence - anyone who is grappling with a problem in their day to day lives should get in touch with us."