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27 August, 2010

Fairness must be at the heart of budget decisions, says Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Government must consider the effect of budget cuts on vulnerable groups and decisions should be evidence-based, fair and transparent.

26 August, 2010

People with debt more likely to report more problems overall

New research published by Money Advice Trust looks at the demographics and effects of debt, the relationship with debt and other problems and the impact of debt advice.

25 August, 2010

Debt, employment disputes and housing problems spiral if left unaddressed

Citizens Advice urges government to raise service standards, and avoid hitting vulnerable hardest through rash spending cuts.

25 August, 2010

Clients value accessibility, timeliness and relevance of debt outreach advice

Legal Services Research Centre publishes findings from an evaluation of debt outreach advice pilots in locations such as prisons, family centres and housing offices.

24 August, 2010

Education (Treatment of Student Loans on Sequestration) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

New regulations that exclude the discharge of student loans where a debtor is sequestrated in Scotland.

23 August, 2010

Number of payday loan users has quadrupled since 2006

New research by Consumer Focus highlights the need for stronger safeguards to protect consumers from spiralling payday loan debts.

20 August, 2010

Money Advice Trust response to rise in credit card borrowing cost despite all time low base rate

Charity encourages lenders to place greater significance on the Bank of England base rate when pricing their products.

17 August, 2010

Money Advice Trust announces new 2010 Common Financial Statement ‘trigger figures’

Updated levels for agreed discretionary monthly expenditure for Common Financial Statement license holders

13 August, 2010

New university students likely to owe £25,000 by the time they graduate

Average yearly debt has increased by more than 5 per cent, according to new national survey of student finance.

13 August, 2010

Vital that debt advice for homeowners continues to be a funding priority

Responding to CML reposession figures, Citizens Advice also urges lenders to continue to treat people in arrears fairly.

12 August, 2010

National Debtline reports large increase in unemployed people struggling with debt

Government and financial services providers must work with advice agencies to ensure those with debt problems have access to free, expert money advice, says Money Advice Trust.

12 August, 2010

Qualitative study of voluntary possession and selling because of financial difficulties

New government research brings together evidence from qualitative interviews with borrowers to inform understanding of the drivers, experiences and outcomes for households giving up home ownership.

12 August, 2010

Citizens Advice welcomes FSA announcement to take action on mis-selling of PPI

Too often consumers have been mis-sold PPI policies that are far too expensive and completely unsuitable for their needs, often contributing to debt problems.

12 August, 2010

Council of Mortgage Lenders reports decline in mortgage arrears and reposessions

Decrease in payment problems leads the CML to revise its forecasts for arrears and repossessions in 2010.

11 August, 2010

FSA publishes package of measures to protect customers in the PPI market

Package will ensure customers are treated more fairly when complaining about Payment Protection Insurance and better when buying products, says Financial Services Authority.

11 August, 2010

Consumer Credit (Advertisements) Regulations 2010

New regulations that revoke and replace the March 2010 Advertisement Regulations which partially implement the 2008 EC Consumer Credit Directive.

10 August, 2010

Consumer Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2010

New regulations issued to correct errors in three of the five sets of regulations which were made in March 2010 to implement the 2008 EC Consumer Credit Directive.

6 August, 2010

Average household debt stands at more than £57,000

Credit Action releases new debt statistics which also highlight over 1700 people made redundant daily.

6 August, 2010

Increasing trend of people seeking insolvency or being forced insolvent is ‘deeply concerning’

Money Advice Trust responds to personal insolvency figures released by the Office of National Statistics.