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19 February, 2020

Money Advice Trust publishes guide to help creditors support people with both mental health and debt problems

New guide provides information on how mental health conditions affect ability to manage money and practical advice on improving support

17 February, 2020

Cross-party group joins with debt advice campaigners to urge the government to act on bailiff reform

Extent to which the bailiff industry remains so poorly regulated is deeply concerning, and instances of threatening behaviour remain a serious concern, say MPs and peers

14 February, 2020

10 February, 2020

StepChange launches new online information and guidance hub for those receiving ‘persistent debt’ letters

Service responds to creditor action following new rules introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority

6 February, 2020

Government forecasts that 700,000 people will be helped by breathing space debt scheme in its first year

Alongside publication of impact assessment, Treasury Minister reaffirms commitment to introduce the scheme in 2021

6 February, 2020

Goods Mortgages Bill receives first reading in the Lords

Bill makes provision to repeal the Bills of Sale Acts, under which high cost logbook loans are permitted

5 February, 2020

Government launches consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion

Options for reform include introduction of a non-criminal enforcement scheme such as a civil monetary penalty or treatment as a civil debt

4 February, 2020

FCA instructs credit card providers to review approach to persistent debt customers

Letter to providers advises that they must consider debt reduction, waiver or cancellation of interest and charges if customers cannot afford proposed debt reduction options

30 January, 2020

Individual insolvencies in England and Wales continue on upward trend to reach highest level since 2010

New insolvency statistics show that increase was largely driven by a rise in individual voluntary arrangements of almost 10 per cent

27 January, 2020

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21 January, 2020

Money and Pensions Service launches ten year UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing

Ambitions include provision of debt advice to two million more people, and for two million fewer people to use credit cards to pay for food and bills by 2030

21 January, 2020

More than a third of Scottish households are ‘financially vulnerable’, without savings to cover basic living costs for three months

New Official Statistics also show that almost three quarters of lone parents are at risk from unexpected expenses and are most likely to be in unmanageable debt

15 January, 2020

Steep rise in consumer debt leaves low-income households ‘far too exposed to future financial shocks’

Resolution Foundation urges policy makers to focus on living standards as more than half of indebted low-income households struggle to meet accommodation costs

17 December, 2019

Scottish Government publishes routemap for ‘user-centred, collaborative and sustainable’ free debt advice

Vision is for debt advice to be delivered 'in genuine partnership with those who work on the frontlines', says Minister

9 December, 2019

HM Courts and Tribunals Service issues warning about fraudsters posing as enforcement officers and bailiffs

'Scammers' are calling members of the public claiming they owe money and demanding they transfer funds direct into their bank account

6 December, 2019

Total value of unsecured household debt increased by more than 10 per cent in the two years to March 2018

Office for National Statistics finds that increase was driven by a combination of higher number of households with debt and increasing levels of debt

22 November, 2019