Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe yesterday opened new premises for National Debtline in Birmingham, and called on groups to bid for a share of £45 million to fund free debt advice.
National Debtline, which helps 60,000 people a year find a way out of debt, is moving to a bigger premises at Tricorn House, Edgbaston, after taking on 19 new staff.
This brings the total number of full time telephone debt advisers to 64, all based at the new centre.
Mr Sutcliffe said: "As part of the Government's commitment to this work, we have greatly increased our funding for National Debtline to £1.5 million this year, £1.8 million in 2006/7 and £2 million in 2007/8. The finance community is contributing a similar amount over the same period.
"As well as helping to fund new premises, this money has enabled National Debtline to recruit and train more advisers, and in turn help more people find a way out of debt."
Mr Sutcliffe also announced that the Government is asking charities and other non-profit making groups to bid for a share of £45 million to fund an expansion of free advice.