Wilkin Chapman Solicitors has completed the take-over of Silke and Co., a Doncaster-based business solutions company. In acquiring Silke & Co., Wilkin Chapman solicitors will be expanding its work in the area of recoveries – a team headed up by Partner Chris Grocock. The new Doncaster branch will be known as Wilkin Chapman Business Solutions…

Consumers struggling to make ends meet are being urged to avoid loan sharks at all costs as latest figures show debt advice enquiries have hit a record high. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, is urging people desperate for a loan to steer clear of illegal money lenders who…

An investigation by the real estate adviser Altus Group reveals that, during the last financial year of 2018/19, 190,000 non domestic premises such as pubs, shops, restaurants and offices in England were hauled before a Magistrate for non-payment of their business rates fuelling claims that the system is seen to be criminalising firms struggling to…

The Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA), which represents all the major civil enforcement agencies along with a number of independents, is to host a conference on Thursday, 19th September at Banking Hall, Cornhill, London. The one-day event will include a conference and exhibition and will be free to delegates drawn primarily from local authorities. A capacity…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for July 2019: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,640 billion at the end of May 2019. This is up from £1,592 billion at the end of May 2018, an extra £922 per UK adult over the year. The average total debt per household, including mortgages,…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on proposed guidance for firms on the fair treatment of vulnerable customers. The guidance sets out the FCA’s view of what the FCA Principles require of firms to ensure that vulnerable consumers are consistently treated fairly across financial services sectors. The FCA wants to see doing…

Kirklees Council wrote off almost £6 million of bad debt during the financial year 2018-19 according to new figures released by the council. Whilst the figure appears high finance chiefs at the council have advised it reflects only a tiny percentage of the authority’s revenue. The largest write-offs from April 2018 to March 2019 were…

Councils across England and Wales have today (Monday 8th July) launched a pilot a scheme that will help local authorities recover unpaid Council Tax – currently costing local authorities tens of millions every year. Twenty-nine local authorities will take part of the trial working with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Revenue and…

Indesser, a joint venture between TDX Group (an Equifax company) and the Cabinet Office set up to manage consumer debt to government departments more effectively and responsibly, has announced Rhona Parry as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Parry joined Equifax in January 2017 as Vice President for External Affairs, during which time she has…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for June 2019: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,637 billion at the end of April 2019. This is up from £1,588 billion at the end of April 2018, an extra £946.00 per UK adult over the year. The average total debt per…

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