Rule-breaking bailiffs are causing people increased stress, anxiety and financial hardship, according to new research published today by Citizens Advice and StepChange. The charities are calling for the government to step in and regulate the industry to prevent more people suffering at the hands of debt collectors who flout the rules. New figures reveal that…

A new survey of StepChange Debt Charity clients shows the hidden housing problems caused by debt, particularly in the private rented sector. StepChange says these are so complex that the government should review the suitability of the private rented sector for housing vulnerable people. The charity is particularly worried about the position of clients in…

New research by Experian has revealed that there are 5.8 million people in the UK who are virtually invisible to the financial system, because there is insufficient information available about their financial track record. The campaign which is fronted by British food writer, Jack Monroe aims to raise awareness and educate consumers of the importance…

To celebrate Talk Money Week (12th-18th November), debt charity Stepchange has revealed new evidence from clients about how taking debt advice is helping them feel better, sleep better, and feel more confident about making ends meet. The charity has introduced a major new rolling client tracking survey to capture information about what kind of differences people report…

According to ender Welendus, 15% of short-term loan applications are being made to cover household bills. 42% of loan requests were to pay for surprise bills, Of the 35,000 loans peer-to-peer lender Welendus has received this year, 5,000 have been to meet the cost of regular bills. The FCA-approved ethical lender has revealed that 2,400…

R3 has welcomed the news that the Government has launched a consultation on introducing a “breathing space” for indebted individuals, Stuart Frith, President of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3, said “R3 welcomed the Government’s plans for a ‘breathing space’ for indebted individuals, during which they will have an opportunity to seek advice about their finances…

The Insolvency Service has published the latest personal insolvency statistics for Q3 (July to September 2018) for England and Wales. The statistics show that total personal insolvencies fell by11% from a six-year high in Q2 2018 and are 2% lower than in the same quarter in 2017. This was driven by a decrease in individual voluntary…

The Government has that it will introduce a No-Interest loan scheme and breathing space plans as part of the Autumn budget announcement. Responding to the news The Money Advice says it ‘welcomes action’ on tackling problem debt, including the new details of the government’s Breathing Space scheme, plans to pilot a no-interest loans initiative and…

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