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1 April, 2021 Open access

Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction issued to extend period over which court processes are adapted to assist court users during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic

New Direction applies to all insolvency proceedings throughout the Business and Property Courts from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021

29 March, 2021 Open access

Debt ‘roadmap’ urgently needed for the 1 in 3 adults financially worse off as a direct result of Covid-19

Money Advice Trust calls for action as polling also finds that more than 6 million people have had to use credit to pay for essential costs such as groceries, utility bills, and council tax

29 March, 2021

22 March, 2021

19 March, 2021

Money and Pensions Service to launch ‘holistic new consumer brand’ later in 2021

'MoneyHelper' will replace legacy brands of the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.

18 March, 2021 Open access

11 March, 2021

Insolvency Service launches call for evidence to help inform first review of Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016

Consultation remains open until 30 June 2021 and response will be published to comply with five-yearly requirement to review the Rules

8 March, 2021

3 March, 2021

Government confirms funding for delivery of a ‘no-interest loans scheme’ pilot

Budget 2021 announcement designed to help vulnerable consumers meet unexpected costs as an alternative to relying on high-cost credit

26 February, 2021

26 February, 2021

25 February, 2021 Open access

Government should refine existing mortgage safety net and offer time-limited grants to people left vulnerable to repossession through loss of income or employment

New report considers implications of Covid-19 crisis for homeowners and how to strengthen support for the almost 800,000 households that are vulnerable to repossession

23 February, 2021

People with protected characteristics are more likely to be paying a ‘poverty premium’

New research commissioned by Fair by Design also shows that the more protected characteristics a person has, the more likely they are to be in poverty

23 February, 2021

Financial Conduct Authority issues finalised guidance for firms on the fair treatment of vulnerable customers

Key aim of guidance is to ensure vulnerable consumers are treated fairly and achieve outcomes as good as any other consumer

11 February, 2021 Open access

Financial Conduct Authority finds Covid-19 pandemic has left more than a quarter of UK adults with low financial resilience

Latest survey of consumers shows number of people with erratic earnings, over-indebtedness or low savings has increased by 3.5m over course of 2020

8 February, 2021

Majority of UK’s 2 million single parents are being forced into debt to meet basic living and childcare costs

New Gingerbread and StepChange report calls for government to protect low-income families from further debt and poverty by maintaining £20 benefit ‘uplift’ and reforming its childcare offering

4 February, 2021

Civil Procedure Rules amended in relation to the ‘breathing space’ scheme being introduced from May 2021

New statutory instrument enables provision to be made in new Practice Direction 70B

2 February, 2021 Open access

Government announces intention to bring unregulated Buy Now Pay Later loans into Financial Conduct Authority regulation

Economic Secretary agrees with key recommendation from FCA-commissioned report on the unsecured credit market

2 February, 2021 Open access

Lowest paid most likely to have lost income and increased debt since start of Covid-19 pandemic

New TUC survey finds that half of workers with income of less than £15,000 experienced fall in income, while three-in-ten reported increased debt