As our industries and governing bodies continue to work towards a more financially capable nation her is an overview of the top six topics to watch in 2019. 1. New year, new government body The Single Financial Guidance Body (SFGB) officially began operating in January and replaces the Money Advice Service (MAS), the Pensions Advisory…

For any FCA regulated firm, the risk and compliance function is an essential and integral part of the business – but it wasn’t always that way. Risk and compliance departments, once held in low esteem by other business units, have evolved into a crucial function for protecting profitability. This is still a controversial statement in…

This time of year can be bleak. With turkey and twinkling lights a distant memory, it’s back to reality. Many people will also be facing debt, exacerbated by the cost of Christmas, higher heating bills, and other expenses that peak in winter. In 2018, Citizens Advice said people are struggling more with bills such as…

Rent to own specialist Brighthouse has announced that it is shutting 30 of its shops cutting 350 jobs amid tough conditions on the High Street. Brighthouse, which employs about 3,000 people, said it had informed staff. A Brighthouse spokesman said: “We are working to redeploy as many people as possible into alternative roles but redundancies…

People claiming Universal Credit are still struggling to pay for the roof over their heads, despite the wait for their first payment being reduced from six weeks to five, according to new Citizens Advice data. One in two people the charity helped were in rent arrears or fell behind on their mortgage payments, the same…

AccountScore, and The Insolvency Panel has announced the launch of the first ever Open Banking solution for the debt advice and debt solutions sector. The service, going live in February, will use AccountScore’s Open Banking platform consents.online to instantly auto-populate consumers’ income and expenditure information, direct from their current account, in complete compliance with the Standard…

The total number of judgments in 2018 against Irish businesses is at a record low, with business debt down 15 percent on last year. For the seventh consecutive year, the number of business judgments issued declined; 575 judgments were registered in 2018, a record low. Compared to 2017, the total value of business judgments fell…

The total number of judgments in 2018 against Irish consumers is at a record low, with consumer judgments down eight percent. However, the value of consumer judgments rose by 22 percent in the same year. There were 1,985 judgments registered against consumers in 2018, eight percent fewer than the previous year and a record low.…

The total value of decrees against Scottish businesses rose in 2018 compared to the previous year. But the total value of decrees against companies – the generally larger incorporated businesses – dropped to the lowest annual figure on record, according to figures released by Registry Trust. There were 3,057 decrees issued against businesses in Scotland during…

Latest figures published by the Registry Trust have shown that Scottish debt orders have risen by 7 percent in the past year. During 2018, 24,362 debt decrees registered against Scottish consumers, this was seven percent higher than in 2017. There was also a moderate increase to the combined value of all consumer decrees to £64.1million. The average…