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19 July, 2019

Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019 enacted

Scottish Parliament Act includes definition of fuel poverty and sets targets relating to its eradication

12 July, 2019

12 July, 2019

Insolvency Service publishes call for evidence on current regulatory framework for insolvency practitioners

Consultation seeks views on whether regulatory objectives that were introduced in 2015 have had their intended impact

9 July, 2019

StepChange calls for greater regulation of ‘subprime’ credit cards to protect borrowers from high cost debt trap

New report finds that three quarters of card holders say that high interest cards have a negative effect on their debt situation

8 July, 2019

Government launches pilot to increase use of earnings deductions to recover unpaid council tax

Citizens Advice welcomes alternatives to using bailiffs but warns that council tax collection practices must not leave people with too little to live on

3 July, 2019

27 June, 2019

Almost 10 per cent of outstanding council tax arrears made up of court or administration costs

MHCLG council tax collection data also shows that £3.2 billion of council tax was outstanding as at 31 March 2019

19 June, 2019

Government announces introduction of 60 day ‘breathing space’ for people with problem debt

Scheme, to be introduced in 2021, will freeze interest payments and halt enforcement action, with further protections for those receiving NHS treatment for mental health crisis

12 June, 2019

FCA publishes final rules on Buy Now Pay Later products

New rules will stop loan firms from charging backdated interest on sums repaid during initial offer period.

7 June, 2019

FCA announces measures to provide greater protection for consumers using overdrafts

Banning fixed charges and higher pricing of unarranged overdrafts among rules to be introduced from April 2020

5 June, 2019

31 May, 2019

Bailiffs' trade association to cease involvement in adjudicating complaints about members from 1 June 2019

Withdrawal of CIVEA from adjudication process means that all complaints will go direct to Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

30 May, 2019

Post-18 education review recommends extending student loan repayment period from 30 to 40 years

Independent Panel chaired by Philip Augar also recommends freezing earnings threshold for starting repayments

29 May, 2019

28 May, 2019

Scottish Government launches consultation on using Debt Arrangement Scheme fees to help fund free advice sector

Proposed measure forms part of wider programme to remodel delivery of the Scheme

15 May, 2019

13 May, 2019

Treasury Committee recommends requirement for local authorities to sign up to ‘Council Tax Protocol’

Report on consumer access to financial services also recommends changes to consumer credit law to make prescribed content of debt collection letters clearer

7 May, 2019