Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has launched the latest Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally (FFCL) strategy on behalf of the FFCL Board, which sets the approach that local authorities will take to tackle fraud over the next decade Councils across the UK continue to face a significant challenge to their budgets and resources…

The UK’s three largest debt charities have called on the Government to instruct local authorities in England and Wales to suspend bailiff action for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak.  The move comes as Citizens Advice, Money Advice Trust and StepChange Debt Charity report that debt advisers have already begun to receive calls about bailiffs…

The Government has confirmed a £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households. Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed the government’s £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus. The government has set out…

HMRC has been urged to immediately pause tax collections to keep businesses liquid. The coronavirus outbreak has created unprecedented uncertainty around the world and now requires unprecedented measures to protect the economy and HMRC should immediately pause tax collections according to Alexander Altmann of Blick Rothenberg. Altman said “Supply and demand are the core principles…

Council tax debt is growing in Scotland, with Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) finding that its clients are almost £7 million in arrears. Figures from the charity’s network also suggest that the average debt (£3,102.46) is now almost three times that of the average bill (£1,147). Following up on the findings, CAS is now launching a…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for Febrruary 2020 Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,675 billion at the end of December 2019. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £60,213 and per adult was £31,766, around 112% of average earnings. Net mortgage lending rose…

New research from Citizens Advice finds that many people in council tax arrears can’t afford to pay their debts, and have an average of just £7 left at the end of the month after covering their living costs. Some four in ten have no money left at all. The overwhelming majority – nine in ten…

Sandwell Council rent arrears have hit £5.7 million as it’s IT system struggles with Universal Credit. The authority is now set to spend more than £400,000 on new IT software which is hoped will boost income by almost £700,000 in the first 12 months by correctly identifying tenants most at risk of not paying. A…

More than three out of ten consumers (34%) say they would be most likely to take on extra debt if they were faced with a sudden gap in their finances, according to new research from R3, the insolvency trade body. Thirteen percent of over 2,000 people surveyed by Savanta ComRes for R3’s latest Personal Debt…

A group of cross-party MPs and Peers has joined a coalition of debt advice campaigners in urging the Government to break its silence on bailiff industry reform. Today marks a year since the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) closed its call for evidence on the bailiff industry, but despite overwhelming evidence of the need for wide-ranging…

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