Ninety-three percent of consumers are struggling to afford essentials after Government collection measures according to research by debt charity StepChange. The report has found that fundamental and specific improvements are needed for ‘deeply flawed’ government debt collection practices,. The deadline for responses to the Cabinet Office on Government debt collection practices sees StepChange Debt Charity…

Research from Indesser, a joint debt management venture between the Cabinet Office and TDX Group, shows 39% of people’s finances have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with Generation Zers feeling the sharpest impact (44%). The survey reveals the toll of the pandemic on people’s sense of financial stability, with 43% admitting they worry…

The Insolvency Service has published its latest figures which indicates that in August personal insolvencies in England and Wales fell to 6,359 in total when compared to last month’s figure of 7,330 and are significantly lower than August 2019’s figure (8,892). There were 1,332 debt relief orders and 769 bankruptcies in August 2020. There was…

The Insolvency Service has published its latest figures which indicate that in August 2020 that company and personal insolvencies continued to decrease. There were four company insolvencies in Northern Ireland, down from 22 in August 2019. This consisted of two CVLs and two administrations. There were no compulsory liquidations, CVAs or administrative receiverships. Whilst there…

As the ban on evictions ends in just over three weeks, six leading organisations representing tenants, landlords and letting agents have united to urge the government to provide financial help to private renters plunged into ‘Covid rent arrears’ through no fault of their own. The coalition, which includes Shelter, the National Residential Landlords Association, ARLA…

The finalists for the fourth annual Credit & Collections Technology Awards, the UK’s celebration of technology innovators in credit and collections, have been revealed. The Credit & Collections Technology Awards, organised by Credit Connect, brings together credit and collections technology executives to honour the industry’s leading players across 19 categories.  The technology focused-Awards scheme seeks to champion…

Debt charity, The Money Advice Trust has welcomed the government’s last-minute announcement of public health guidance for bailiff visits but says that concerns around the impact of bailiff action on households dealing with the financial consequences of Covid-19 remain unaddressed. On Friday evening the Ministry of Justice published public health guidance for bailiffs, now known…

Two thirds of the public think that vital public services, such as social care, are put at risk when people who can pay their council tax don’t, according to a new YouGov survey. Over 80 per cent of the public think that this would continue or get worse if local councils didn’t use bailiffs to recover…

One in nine people, the equivalent of six million people across the UK, have reported falling behind on household bills because of coronavirus according to new research from Citizens Advice. With protections against eviction for renters and the ban on face-to-face bailiff collection both ending this weekend, the charity warns that many of those struggling…

A Best Practice plan adopted by The High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA) is to be put in action from Monday 24th August) as debt recovery enforcement activity begins again across England and Wales. The HCEOA’s post-lockdown plan,  ‘A Flexible and Sympathetic Approach to Enforcement’ sets out the principles, working practices and behaviours that all High…

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