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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

27 January, 2021

Regulatory reform needed to deal with misleading practices in promoting debt solutions, says StepChange

People seeking help need advice, not a 'hard sell' by companies working on behalf of 'commercial IVA factories'

15 January, 2021 Open access

Government must immediately ban all bailiff doorstep visits to prevent serious risks to public health

Money Advice Trust and other debt charities highlight that, as pandemic enters its most dangerous phase, the current suspension of bailiff enforcement of rental evictions should be extended to include suspension of all bailiff visits for debt enforcement

14 January, 2021 Open access

Public and Commercial Services Union calls for HMCTS to immediately suspend all bailiff enforcement activity during current lockdown

Union responds to increasing concerns from its HMCTS bailiff members that they fear for their safety in the current lockdown

13 January, 2021

12 January, 2021

Insolvency Service launches consultation on debt relief order eligibility criteria

Views invited on proposal to increase existing monetary limits including the total allowable debts that can be included