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4 March, 2011

Association of British Credit Unions delighted at announcement of £73m government fund

ABCUL Chief Executive also welcomes commitment to joint working between credit unions and the Post Office.

3 March, 2011

Citizens Advice is calling for a ban on cold calls offering credit or debt management services

Charity lodges 'super complaint' with OFT which also calls for a ban on up-front fees.

1 March, 2011

Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011

New regulations that amend the Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Regulations 1993 to prescribe certain amended fees payable to the Accountant in Bankruptcy.

28 February, 2011

New debt and poverty survey

Mind launches new survey to update their 2008 research relating to debt and poverty and the effect on people who experience mental distress.

24 February, 2011

Insolvency Act 1986 Amendment (Appointment of Receivers) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

New regulations that amend section 51 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to deal with an unintended consequence arising out of the EU Council Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings.

24 February, 2011

Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2011

New regulations that provide a scheme for repayment of debts in Scotland and provide for procedure and forms in respect of a repayment arrangement under the scheme.

17 February, 2011

Stonham v Ramrattan & Anor

[2011] EWCA Civ 119

16 February, 2011

Consultation on reforms to the regulation of insolvency practitioners

The Insolvency Service launches consultation that responds to the report published by the OFT on the market for insolvency practitioners.

14 February, 2011

£27m Financial Inclusion Fund extended for further 12 months

Business Secretary calls on other funding streams, such as local authorities, to help provide 'whatever support they can' to keep services going.

11 February, 2011

Government still needs to do more to help homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage

Shelter responds to new Council of Mortgage Lenders statistics that show a fall in number of repossessions.

10 February, 2011

Government responds to figures that show 24 per cent fall in repossessions in 2010

Council of Mortgage Lenders also reports that the number of people in mortgage arrears has fallen by 13 per cent.

9 February, 2011

Future funding of independent debt advice

Ministers debate issue in Westminster Hall further to recent announcement that Financial Inclusion Fund to end.

4 February, 2011

Record number of people declared insolvent in England and Wales in 2010

New Insolvency Service statistics highlight almost 60,000 bankruptcies and more than 50,000 IVAs and 25,000 DROs last year.

4 February, 2011

Independent debt advice leads to better outcomes for creditors

New research suggests there is a business case for creditors to provide further funding for independent debt advice services.

3 February, 2011

Citizens Advice gives cautious welcome to government’s Mental Health Strategy

Whilst role of debt advice is recognised as a cost effective preventative measure, impact of current funding cuts will mean that far less preventative work is able to take place.

3 February, 2011

3 February, 2011

HSBC Bank Plc v Brophy

[2011] EWCA Civ 67

1 February, 2011

EU Consumer Credit Directive comes into force

Amendments to Consumer Credit Act designed to strengthen consumer rights and lenders’ duties, as well as provide standardised information for consumers.

28 January, 2011

Government announces ‘Bills of Sale’ Code of Practice from 1 February 2011

Lenders will also provide customers with an information sheet explaining how bills of sale work, and what the customer can expect from the lender.