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26 July, 2010

Welsh Assembly launches new fuel poverty strategy

Government sets out the actions it will take towards the eradication of fuel poverty in all households in Wales by 2018.

26 July, 2010

New rules to strengthen the financial resilience of the credit union sector

Financial Services Authority announcement on 'near final rules' designed to reduce the number of credit union failures.

26 July, 2010

Rent arrears and evictions likely to rise sharply once government’s HB changes come into force

However, there is little consideration of the impact on local councils at a time when they themselves will be facing budget cuts, warns Citizens Advice.

23 July, 2010

Evaluation of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme and Homeowners Mortgage Support

New government report calls for the longer term role for the schemes to be reassessed in the context of a more comprehensive review of the safety net for homeowners.

22 July, 2010

Support for struggling homeowners must be protected to avoid a ‘huge surge’ in homelessness

Shelter also urges government to continue funding for vital debt advice.

21 July, 2010

Government publishes ‘Modelling and forecasting UK mortgage arrears and possessions’

Report explores drivers of mortgage arrears and possessions, and predicts the number of repossessions will increase during the next three to four years.

21 July, 2010

Support for struggling homeowners through the Mortgage Rescue Scheme to continue

However, government scheme will be refocused to deliver better value for money, says Housing Minister.

20 July, 2010

Dwelling Houses (Execution of Possession Orders by Mortgagees) Regulations 2010

New regulations prescribe the form and content of new notice to be served on any tenant/occupier when the landlord’s mortgage lender seeks to enforce a possession order by obtaining a warrant for possession.

19 July, 2010

Banks are ‘ripping off’ customers says Vince Cable

Business Secretary responds to BBC evidence that banks charging up to 167% on unauthorised overdrafts.

15 July, 2010

Government announces plan to establish new national financial advice service

Financial Secretary to the Treasury sets out plans to promote a responsible approach to personal finance.

14 July, 2010

Financial Services Authority outline proposals to ensure borrowers with a new mortgage can afford it

Clear link between financial overstretch and mortgage arrears, and therefore a strong framework is required to protect vulnerable consumers.

14 July, 2010

Government to review consumer credit and personal insolvency

Opportunity to cut unnecessary regulatory burdens and improve safeguards on consumer credit products, says Consumer Affairs Minister.

14 July, 2010

Citizens Advice launches tender for a preferred debt management plan supplier

Establishing partnership with trusted supplier will give clients the option of choosing a carefully assessed service provider.

13 July, 2010

Bankrupts banned from opening basic, no credit bank accounts

Report by Citizens Advice highlights decision to limit account availability is demoralising, impractical and makes controlling finances extremely difficult.

12 July, 2010

Insolvency Service publishes new regional statistics

Figures highlight number of personal insolvencies, bankruptcies, debt relief orders and individual voluntary arrangements by area.

12 July, 2010

Statutory credit reports to be made available online

Government announces agreement with three major credit reference agencies, including free access for financially vulnerable and victims of fraud.

9 July, 2010

8 July, 2010

Likelihood of becoming insolvent almost 70 per cent higher in North East than London

Association of Business Recovery Professionals publish new 'bankruptcy map'.

7 July, 2010

Over 9,000 new debt problems dealt with by Citizens Advice Bureaux every day

Credit Action releases new debt statistics which also highlight £9.6bn of personal debt has been written off in the last twelve months.