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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.

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.

6 July, 2010

Protecting tenants whose homes are at risk of being repossessed by their landlord’s lender

New regulations issued that provide for the coming into force of the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010 from October 2010.

6 July, 2010

Government funding for advice for homeowners must be maintained

Advice is a vital lifeline and can save government from the expenses of repossession, such as judicial and re-housing costs, says Shelter.

29 June, 2010

Use of credit and accumulation of debt often exacerbated by moving in and out of work

New Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on credit and debt in low-income families.

28 June, 2010

New FSA rules to provide protection for those with mortgage arrears could go further

Scope also for regulating 'excessive and unclear' administrative charges, says Citizens Advice

28 June, 2010

‘Abolition’ of the Saving Gateway

New regulations following Budget announcement that accounts will not now be introduced in July 2010.

25 June, 2010

FSA sets out new rules to ensure proper protection for those with mortgage arrears

In addition, those entering sale and rent back agreements to be better shielded from firms using aggressive or unfair methods.

24 June, 2010

Making Debt Relief Orders more accessible to those with small amounts of money in a pension

Money Advice Trust publishes response to Insolvency Service consultation.

24 June, 2010

Benefit reforms could trigger a spiral of debt, eviction and homelessness

Shelter responds to announcements in government's emergency budget.

23 June, 2010

Saving Gateway ‘abolished’

Government uses emergency Budget (paragraph 1.116) to announce that planned launch in July 2010 will not now go ahead, on 'affordability' grounds.

23 June, 2010

Family financial healthchecks to be introduced next year

Budget announcement (paragraph 1.114) that initiative to be introduced in spring 2011 as part of the national financial advice service.