Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for August 2017: Personal debt in the UK Total UK personal debt The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £57,005 in June. The revised figure for May was £56,791 Based on June 2017 trends, the UK’s total interest repayments on personal…

City of Wolverhampton Council has become the first local authority in the country to sign up to a new protocol to promote best practice for dealing with people who get into difficulties paying their council tax. The protocol has been created to get local authorities, enforcement agencies and advice agencies working together to help people…

The government has announced that  card charges will be consigned to history, after Ministers act to end these unfair fees for millions of people across the country.rules that will mean card-charging in Britain – where people can be charged 20% extra for purchases like a flight just for paying with a credit card – will come to…

Consumers will have greater control over their bank data and financial decisions thanks to new laws coming into force in January. The government is bringing in a new regulatory regime for innovative FinTech firms which will transform the way people engage with their finances and make it possible to manage all of their finances at the…

Coventry City Council is owed more than £12.5million in council tax, according to a new report. Only six of 36 metropolitan councils in England had lower levels of council tax arrears relative to their collectable council tax at the end of March 2017. However, only four metropolitan local authorities collected more council tax arrears than Coventry in 2016/17.…

Aberdeenshire Council is owed more than £12 million in unpaid council tax for the last four financial years with the figure rising to more than £18 million including council tax owed from the financial year 2016/17. Since 1993, the local authority is owed almost £33.3m in unpaid council tax.cAn Aberdeenshire Council spokeswoman said: “We take…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to provide a letter of direction to local councils in England to speed up help for small firms facing unacceptable increases in their Business Rates. £300 million in discretionary relief was promised in the Budget in March, yet many local authorities have so…

Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Debt Purchaser 1st Credit have launched a new joint venture: H&F Ethical Debt Collections, at the Local Government Association’s annual conference in Birmingham.The partnership changes the way public sector debts are handled, ending the two-tier treatment of customers in debt by applying Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) standards to The partnership…

A new toolkit to bring consistency to the way creditors work with debt advice agencies when collecting repayments from people who are in debt has been launched by the Money Advice Service today. This is the first time that all major debt advice agencies and creditors have worked together to raise standards of creditor practice…

The Debt Counsellors Charitable Trust has today published new research which identifies good practice for Local Councils when collecting Council Tax debts. Sevan local councils agreed to be interviewed for the report and based on these interviews, it details recommendations that would allow the collection of council tax in a more responsible, fair and consumer focused…

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