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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.

30 July, 2010

Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

New regulations that enable applications for help under the Warm Front Scheme to be refused when the scheme's annual budget has already been allocated.

30 July, 2010

Sternlight v Barclays Bank Plc

[2010] EWHC 1865 (QB)

27 July, 2010

46 per cent of those with debt problems report health issues as a result of their debt

Survey of Consumer Credit Counselling Service clients reveals high human cost of debt problems.

26 July, 2010

One in six pre-pay households have ‘self disconnected’ their energy supply in the last year

New research highlights that almost half of affected households have someone with an illness or disability, and two in five are home to children under 16.

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.