In the past six months, there has been a slew of reports calling for a fundamental change to public sector – and particularly council – collections. From the Treasury Select Committee to Citizens Advice and the Money Advice Service, the message is that the public sector needs to alter its approach. The disparity between the…

A new industry careers site for the credit industry and collections industry has been launched by Credit Connect Media. The website is a careers platform which aims to connect the UK’s top credit and collections industry talent with the best career options. Credit-connection.co.uk is an industry careers website sharing the latest job vacancies and a training course…

Local authorities from across the UK will next month come together to discuss ways of transforming their debt collection practices. Credit management firm Intrum UK and its joint venture partner Hammersmith & Fulham Council have launched an ethical debt collection conference to drive change in council collections after a series of reports suggested the public…

New data obtained by Royal London reveals nearly a third of public health funerals carried out were as a result of bereaved families being unable to afford the cost of a funeral. A public health funeral is held by a local authority if the deceased has no family or the family are unable or unwilling…

Stafford Borough Council is set to write-off business rate and tax debts worth more than £77,000. The authority’s cabinet agreed to write off eight cases at a meeting last Thursday. A cabinet report said that there were five council tax cases totalling £22,037.64 and three business rate cases totalling £55,027. Councillor Ken Williamson, cabinet member for…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for December 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.613 trillion at the end of October 2018. This is up from £1.564 trillion at the end of October 2017, an extra £928.44 per UK adult and £142.69 higher than the previous month. The average…

The Money Advice Service (MAS) has launched new guidance which they say will assist Local Authorities to take a more progressive approach to the recovery of Council Tax, encouraging improved resident engagement, fairer outcomes and sustainable arrears repayments. Across the UK, the number of overindebted people is approximately 8.3 million. Furthermore, a third of people…

More than 80 percent of North Ayrshire Council tenants on Universal Credit are in rent arrears. Responding to the news the local authority’s leader has branded the welfare policy a ‘tragedy’. Labour Council Leader Joe Cullinane said Universal Credit was pushing families into debt, which could lead to a sharp rise in poverty, hardship and anxiety. Since…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for November 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.605 trillion at the end of September 2018. This is up from £1.560 trillion at the end of September 2017, an extra £870.78 per UK adult and £76.54 higher than the previous month. The average total…

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