A total cost cap on rent-to-own items like washing machines, fridge freezers and televisions could save consumers £276 (28%) per product, new analysis from Citizens Advice has found. The national charity has modelled the impact its proposed total cost cap in the rent-to-own sector would have. The FCA has indicated it will implement a cap…

The Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG) has announced that is looking for a new Chair. Current MALG Chair Liz Barclay will step down later this year after three years in the role. MALG says the new Chair must be passionate about improving the lives of people in problem debt; someone with influencing skills and ambition to…

The National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish Federation of Housing Associations, are joining together to warn that the Universal Credit system is “flawed” and causing debt, suffering and hardship for the families they house. Together these organisations represent more than 1,000 housing associations housing over…

New research from TDX Group has indicated that people living in East Anglia, Brighton and Newcastle residents are the most likely to be insolvent. Commenting on the research Richard Haymes, Head of Financial Difficulties at TDX Group, an Equifax said  “Our latest research shows a significant and growing disparity between the level of individual insolvencies across…

New research by credit experts TotallyMoney suggests consumers will pay an estimated £23.8 million solely on interest and transaction fees from using credit cards to gamble on 2018’s World Cup. Credit card payments used for gambling are treated by lenders as a cash advance. This usually means the borrower is charged a transaction fee, a…

A new report from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is highlighting the powerlessness of those facing multiple debt collections from local councils and the state. While the practices of private companies have become more customer-focused, a study shows the depths of suffering from people chased for debts like council tax and benefit overpayments. Now the charity wants…

New research from Direct Line Life Insurance reveals consumers are hiding over £69bn of debt from their partners. People are completely in the dark over their loved ones’ finances, with 8.3 million (16 per cent) of consumers having debts their partner knows nothing about. The average debt hidden from a partner in the UK is £8,293,…

Nearly a quarter of all credit card searches carried out through Experian are for credit builder cards, new analysis from its first Credit Search Barometer has revealed. These cards give those with “thin” credit files or those with low credit scores the chance to get on track and gradually improve their creditworthiness by showing they…

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