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21 January, 2020

More than a third of Scottish households are ‘financially vulnerable’, without savings to cover basic living costs for three months

New Official Statistics also show that almost three quarters of lone parents are at risk from unexpected expenses and are most likely to be in unmanageable debt

15 January, 2020

Steep rise in consumer debt leaves low-income households ‘far too exposed to future financial shocks’

Resolution Foundation urges policy makers to focus on living standards as more than half of indebted low-income households struggle to meet accommodation costs

17 December, 2019

Scottish Government publishes routemap for ‘user-centred, collaborative and sustainable’ free debt advice

Vision is for debt advice to be delivered 'in genuine partnership with those who work on the frontlines', says Minister

9 December, 2019

HM Courts and Tribunals Service issues warning about fraudsters posing as enforcement officers and bailiffs

'Scammers' are calling members of the public claiming they owe money and demanding they transfer funds direct into their bank account

6 December, 2019

Total value of unsecured household debt increased by more than 10 per cent in the two years to March 2018

Office for National Statistics finds that increase was driven by a combination of higher number of households with debt and increasing levels of debt

22 November, 2019

13 November, 2019

Citizens Advice questions whether bailiffs offer councils value for money when they recover just 27p for every £1 of council tax debt referred

New research also estimates that the cost of using bailiffs over the last five years was more than £600,000 per council

8 November, 2019

6 November, 2019

Scottish Government consults on changes introduced by Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act 2014

Views sought on areas that have been highlighted as needing improvement, including the Common Financial Tool and Debtor Contribution Order

30 October, 2019

Google announces intention to only allow accredited debt services to advertise on its platform

Welcoming the change, debt charity StepChange calls on other digital advertising platforms to adopt a similar approach

24 October, 2019

Increasing numbers of people may be being sold debt solutions that don’t work for their circumstances

Growth in the use of Protected Trust Deeds should set alarm bells ringing, says Citizens Advice Scotland

7 October, 2019

7 October, 2019

27 September, 2019

GPs in England to stop charging people with mental health problems for the paperwork they need to get debt support

Change is part of a new approach to mental health evidence following work by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

17 September, 2019

Scottish Government announces £10 million fund for credit unions

New fund aims to increase access to affordable credit for people with limited borrowing options

11 September, 2019

Almost half of local authorities in England and Wales have increased their use of bailiffs to collect council tax debt

However, Money Advice Trust also reports a ‘modest’ net improvement in debt collection practices, with more councils adopting best practice on affordability and vulnerability

6 September, 2019

5 September, 2019

Low pay and insecure work are forcing working families deep into debt, says TUC

New analysis shows that one in seven of those in debt have fallen more than two months behind with repayments in last year

21 August, 2019

FCA issues warning about ‘clone firm’ impersonating National Debtline

Money Advice Trust welcomes action and calls on the government to give the FCA powers to regulate the wider activity of ‘lead generators’ for debt advice