The total value of consumer debt judgments registered in the Republic of Ireland topped €100m in Quarter 1 of 2018, for the first time during a single quarter since Q3 2015, according to figures released today by Registry Trust. Four hundred and seventy-one judgments were issued against consumers during the first quarter of the year,…

Levels of arrears and repossessions are expected to grow this year, according to Jackie Bennett, Director of Mortgages at UK Finance, at the UK Finance Speaking at a UK Finance annual mortgage lunch,  Bennett noted that arrears were at a historic low in 2017 with 89,000 people with arrears balances of 2.5% or more of their…

According to research by Callcredit Information Group, 30% of consumers see defaulting on a loan payment as being the fault of the lender rather than the borrower. The study also revealed that consumers are increasingly feeling financial pressure, with almost half (45%) saying the financial burden on their personal finances has increased and that they…

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced that Tim Parker has been appointed as the new position as Chairman of the Board. The board is responsible for overseeing the leadership and direction of HMCTS and ensuring that it effectively delivers the aims and objectives set by the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its business plan for 2018/19 which sets out the key priorities for the coming year. The FCA says the priorities in this year’s business plan reflect the high level of resource needed to dedicate to European Union (EU) withdrawal, given its impact both on our regulation and the…

The Government is to launch a call for evidence following concerns that a minority of bailiffs are still acting aggressively when collecting money from debtors –, particularly from vulnerable people. The call for evidence, which will be launched shortly, will look to those directly involved to share their experiences to help stop this in its…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its approach to Supervision and Enforcement. When the FCA launched its Mission, it committed to publishing a series of documents that would explain its approach to regulation in more depth. These articulate how the FCA carries out its main activities, aiming to provide transparency to its thought process…

The Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection and debt purchase sectors, is to host the Credit and Collections Technology Awards at this year’s CSA Gala Dinner on 13 September. The co-branded event, which will form part of the CSA’s UK Credit and Collections Conference (UKCCC), reflects the Association’s growing recognition…

Proposed reforms that would allow high court enforcement officers and certificated enforcement agents to enforce small sum County Court Judgments and Consumer Credit Act judgments have been put to the Government in a joint industry submission. The joint submission by the High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) and the Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) has been…

Millions of pounds in unpaid debts are being written off by East Renfrewshire council following a hike in council tax rates. Local authority bosses are preparing to accept the loss of £3.363m in historical community charge arrears, dating back more than 20 years. A further £739,000 of ‘bad debt’, including unpaid council tax and housing benefit…

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