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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.

28 January, 2011

OFT update on debt management enforcement action

35 debt management firms have surrendered their consumer credit licences and at least 15 are facing licensing action as a result of compliance review.

28 January, 2011

Insolvency (Fees) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

New regulations amend the Insolvency (Fees) Order (Northern Ireland) 2006 to specify the fee payable on an application for a Debt Relief Order.

26 January, 2011

Debt relief orders in Northern Ireland

Two new statutory rules in relation to debt relief orders in Northern Ireland.

26 January, 2011

Government announces package of measures to enhance consumer protection in the mortgage market

Measures include transfer of the regulation of second charge residential mortgages from the Office of Fair Trading to the Financial Services Authority.

25 January, 2011

UK adults face an average shortfall of £165 a month

New research by Shelter and The Co-operative Insurance also reveals that 70 per cent of people are worried about their cash flow.

24 January, 2011

Financial Inclusion Fund to end in March 2011

Legal Action Group reports on 'devastating blow' to funding of 500 debt advisers.

21 January, 2011

Men less likely to seek help for debts than women

Women contacted two debt charities for advice in greater numbers than men last year.

18 January, 2011

Changes to the way Income Payments Agreements and Income Payments Orders are made

The Insolvency Service also publishes changes to the way in which the family home is dealt with, which came into effect on 1 January 2011.

18 January, 2011

Brittain v Haghighat & Anor

[2010] EWCA Civ 1521

13 January, 2011

Self employed debtors less able to repay what they owe

Consumer Credit Counselling Service figures show a significant number of self-employed people don’t earn enough to cover the cost of day-to-day living.

13 January, 2011

Debt Relief Act (Northern Ireland) 2010

New Act that introduces provision for Debt Relief Orders in Northern Ireland.

12 January, 2011

Poorest families pay an extra £1,300 a year for basic goods and services

Research by Save the Children and reveals those on low incomes face a 'poverty premium'.

11 January, 2011

Consumer Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2011

New regulations that correct drafting errors within consumer credit regulations implementing EC Directive 2008/48.

10 January, 2011

Harrison v Black Horse Ltd

[2010] EWHC 3152 (QB)