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6 December, 2019

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

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

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 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

23 July, 2019

FCA launches consultation on fair treatment of vulnerable customers by financial services firms

Regulator says new guidance is needed to bring consistency in treatment of vulnerability across financial services firms

23 July, 2019

FCA recommends government action to increase availability of credit union loans

New report highlights that change is needed as alternatives to high cost credit are not working to benefit all consumers

22 July, 2019

Body-worn cameras to be made compulsory for bailiffs, says Ministry of Justice

However, Money Advice Trust says cameras on their own will not do nearly enough to resolve systemic problems that exist in the industry

19 July, 2019

Individual insolvency rate in England and Wales increases for third successive year

New statistics also show the insolvency rate for females was higher than the male rate for the fifth successive year

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

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