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14 February

Government likely to be underestimating value of student loans that will never be paid back

New Public Accounts Committee report highlights that the £46 billion of outstanding loans on the government’s books is likely to rise to £200 billion by 2042.

14 February, 2014

7 February

Bedroom tax results in almost £5m rent arrears in Scotland in first 6 months

Scottish Housing Regulator reports that almost half of local authorities and almost a fifth of housing associations estimate that more than 10 per cent of their arrears are attributable to the bedroom tax.

07 February, 2014

4 February

Carers UK inquiry discovers ‘alarming levels of hardship’

12 month investigation finds that carers facing loss of savings, debt and difficulty in affording food and heating.

04 February, 2014

29 January

55 per cent of homeless young people are in debt, says Centrepoint

Findings of new research also include that 44 per cent of homeless young people say that financial situation is a barrier to moving on from supported accommodation.

29 January, 2014

28 January

Ministry of Justice changes rules about bailiffs, claim management companies and Land Registry

Announcement that 69 changes being made following review of legislation as part of government's 'Red Tape Challenge'.

28 January, 2014

21 January

Cuts to council tax support increase numbers seeking debt advice

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies finds that entitlements have been reduced for 2.5 million working age households by an average of £160 in 2013/2014.

21 January, 2014

Ombudsman finds against local authority that overcharged 58 elderly tenants for their water rates

Local Government Ombudsman urges councils to consider importance of complying with the Water Resale Order by clearly explaining to tenants how it calculates their water rates when it demands payment.

21 January, 2014

Price & Anor v Davis & Anor

New Court of Apeal judgment that considers whether the appellants - who are creditors of the respondents - are bound by the terms of IVAs which their creditors approved at 'further meetings'.

21 January, 2014

20 January

‘Helping Hand with Debt’ campaign launched by Scottish Government

People with debt problems urged to seek advice and to consider credit unions as an ethical and affordable alternative to payday loans.

20 January, 2014

Credit brokers ‘posing’ as payday loan companies, says Citizens Advice

Charity says that two in five poeple who complained about brokers were hit with unexpected fees and many did not realise they weren't dealing direct with loan company.

20 January, 2014

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