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17 December, 2010

OFT takes further action against unfair direct debit clauses in payday loan contracts

Payday lenders are warned that they must not misuse direct debit facilities to vary the amount or date of a loan repayment.

17 December, 2010

15 December, 2010

Nearly half of all households with debt are concerned about their level of debt

Bank of England publishes survey which considers the continuing financial difficulties facing households.

14 December, 2010

Rise in unemployment could lead to two million people requiring debt advice in 2011

Research commissioned by Money Advice Trust looking at effect of economy on demand for debt advice from free-to-client advice sector.

7 December, 2010

Office of Fair Trading launches mental capacity guidance consultation

Draft guidance sets out steps the OFT expects creditors to take to identify borrowers who might lack the mental capacity to make informed borrowing decisions.

30 November, 2010

Ministry of Justice eager to hear views of those who use HMCS and the Tribunals Service

Consultation on proposal to create a unified Courts and Tribunal Service.

29 November, 2010

Citizens Advice welcomes Ofgem investigation into pricing in the retail energy market

Companies that have been charging too much for their energy also urged to reduce their prices and refund any overcharges to consumers.

29 November, 2010

29 November, 2010

Citizens Advice pleased that EU Commission recognises problems in people not having bank accounts

However proposal to guarantee the right of access to a basic payment account needs to be accompanied by measures to addresss the complex issues relating to the demand for banking facilities amongst the unbanked.

25 November, 2010

23 November, 2010

Citizens Advice and Shelter urge the government not to allow a return to irresponsible lending

Joint letter to Housing Minister supports the FSA’s proposals to introduce affordability and income checks.

23 November, 2010

Office of Fair Trading acts on concerns about charging orders

Investigation uncovered instances of charging orders being used to secure debts of less than £600.

15 November, 2010

Government launches consultation on reform of legal aid system in England & Wales

Proposals including taking employment and certain debt and housing matters 'out of scope'.

15 November, 2010

Bankruptcy (Certificate for Sequestration) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

New Regulations issued in relation to the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010 that introduced a new route into bankruptcy, which does not depend on action by creditors.

11 November, 2010

Number of people struggling to pay their mortgage has surged by 78 per cent over the past year

New Shelter survey highlights that 'thousands of people are hanging on to their homes by the skin of their teeth’

11 November, 2010

Government welcomes new figures that show that fewer homeowners facing threat of repossession

Council of Mortgage Lenders highlights that repossessions in the third quarter of 2010 were down five per cent on the previous quarter, and 27 per cent less than the same time in 2009.

11 November, 2010

Citizens Advice announces new debt management partner

Consumer Credit Counselling Service selected for one-year pilot scheme involving up to 100 bureaux.

10 November, 2010

Money Advice Trust launches new online debt advice service

Developed in partnership with Barclaycard, will enable people to get advice in a way that suits them best, says MAT Chief Executive

10 November, 2010

Government to amend eligibility criteria relating to Debt Relief Orders from April 2011

Change will allow access to those who are currently excluded because they have certain pension rights that they cannot draw down for some years.