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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.

18 June, 2010

More than four in ten of those struggling with debt have not sought advice

New research report suggests many do not believe that their problem is big enough to need help.

16 June, 2010

Credit Action publishes new ‘Debt Facts and Figures’

Total UK personal debt stands at £1,460bn, report highlights.

15 June, 2010

Citizens Advice warns people to beware of companies offering fake loans for a fee

Those in debt or with poor credit histories being targeted, reports charity.

10 June, 2010

Using local energy housing databases to target fuel poverty

New guide for local authorities from the Commission for Rural Communities and Durham County Council.

1 June, 2010

Advice charities to benefit from financial penalty imposed on Energy Supplier by Ofgem

EDF Energy pay £200,000 to the Money Advice Trust and a Citizens Advice led scheme following breach of regulations setting standards for handling customer complaints.

21 May, 2010

Money Advice Trust publishes best practice checklists

Really positive step towards ensuring advice and credit sectors work together to benefit people in debt, says charity.

20 May, 2010

Local Government Association responds to ‘Big Society’ programme

A radical devolution of power to local authorities will help make vital services even more responsive to people’s needs, says Chairman.

20 May, 2010

Home Information Packs suspended with immediate effect

Order laid pending primary legislation for permanent abolition.

20 May, 2010

Coalition publishes its ‘programme for government’

Historic document sets out the government's policies on key areas and highlights the urgency of reforming the social care system.

19 May, 2010

Government announces how it intends to ‘Build the Big Society’

Coalition publishes new policy designed to 'put more power into people's hands'.

18 May, 2010

CASHflow partnership scheme wins awards

Recognition for the Money Advice Trust's assisted self-help debt advice project.

18 May, 2010

Ministry of Justice statistics on mortgage and landlord possessions

National Statistics on possession actions issued in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords in England and Wales.

18 May, 2010

Majority of MPs report that housing is one of the top three problems raised by constituents

New Shelter survey highlights that economic downturn has had a massive impact on people’s ability to get a decent and affordable home.

17 May, 2010

Citizens Advice annual advice statistics 2009/2010

New figures highlight increase of 7.1 million enquiries in the last financial year.

14 May, 2010

Citizens Advice response to mortgage reposession figures

Charity calls on new Chancellor George Osborne to maintain emergency measures put in place to help keep struggling borrowers in their homes.

14 May, 2010

Point-of-sale prohibition for payment protection insurance

Competition Commission provisionally decides that consumers will benefit from the introduction of a point-of-sale prohibition.