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30 March, 2011

Brookes v HSBC Bank Plc

[2011] EWCA Civ 354

29 March, 2011

Business Minister welcomes amendment to Insolvency Rules 1986

Reform allows debtors with an approved pension access to the Debt Relief Order regime.

29 March, 2011

Rising unemployment and high inflation will lead to debt crisis

Consumer Credit Counselling Service concern following forecasts in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s revised 'Economic and fiscal outlook'.

28 March, 2011

Brook v Reed

[2011] EWCA Civ 331

28 March, 2011

Lack of awareness and inaccurate perceptions of what advice services offer

Money Advice Trust publishes report that investigates ‘triggers’ into problematic debt for men, and men’s experiences and expectations of debt advice services.

25 March, 2011

Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2011

New statutory rule that amends the Insolvency Rules (Northern Ireland) 1991 and makes provision in respect of debt relief orders, debt relief restrictions orders and debt relief restrictions undertakings.

25 March, 2011

Debt Arrangement Scheme (Interest, Fees, Penalties and Other Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

New regulations that make provision for the effect of debt payments programmes to render non-payable interest, fees, penalties and other charges which would otherwise become payable.

23 March, 2011

Government confirms council tax freeze

Every local authority in England has reduced or frozen council tax for this year and will receive a grant equivalent to a 2.5% increase in council tax.

22 March, 2011

Biggest three year fall in household incomes since early 1990s

Institute for Fiscal Studies research also reveals that households are likely to be 6% worse off than if incomes had risen in the normal way.

18 March, 2011

Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 2011

New regulations that make amendments to the Insolvency Rules 1986, including that rights under approved pensions scheme should not be considered as property for purposes of debt relief order.

18 March, 2011

Debt Relief (2010 Act) (Transitional Provision) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

New regulations that provide that in relation to a debt relief restriction order, no account shall be taken of the conduct of the debtor before 30 June 2011.

18 March, 2011

Insolvency (Monetary Limits) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

New regulations that amend the Insolvency (Monetary Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 1991 and introduce new provisions to follow on from the introduction of debt relief orders into the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 by the Debt Relief Act (Northern Ireland) 2010.

17 March, 2011

OFT consults on revised Debt Collection Guidance

Consultation launched to ensure that debt collection is carried out transparently and fairly, and debt enforcement tools are used appropriately.

16 March, 2011

EDF Energy to fund new Energy Debt Advice service

New service in partnership with Citizens Advice will offer EDF customers free access to independent advice on how to deal with household debts.

15 March, 2011

Rise in families struggling with debt

Consumer Credit Counselling Service analysis reveals that many more families, including better-off ones, will be increasingly prone to over-indebtedness.

10 March, 2011

Provisions of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc (Scotland) Act 2007

New Commencement Order that brings into force specified provisions of the 2007 Act, subject to transitional arrangements.

8 March, 2011

Future demand for debt advice from the free-to-client advice sector.

Demand for debt advice by the middle of next year will exceed that seen at the peak of the financial crisis, according to new Money Advice Trust research.

7 March, 2011

Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2011

New regulations in relation to the maximum amount a billing authority may recover in connection with applications for liability orders, and the costs connected with committal.

4 March, 2011

New Lending Code provides improved protection for borrowers

Money Advice Trust announces new provisions including more support for borrowers in financial difficulties.