The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on additional guidance for payments firms to strengthen the way in which they look after customers’ money. The payments sector is a priority area for the FCA and the consultation follows ongoing work to ensure payments firms are adequately protecting customer funds. The guidance is part…

Latest figures from UK Finance show 1.82 million mortgage payment holidays have been issued as of 20th May 2020 – equivalent to one in six mortgages issued by lenders. UK Finance says Lenders have welcome the FCA’s draft guidance consultation published today, and the PRA’s related publication, on the next steps for those borrowers already on…

Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage due to Coronavirus will be able to extend their mortgage payment holiday for a further three months, or start making reduced payments, in proposals published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA has published new draft guidance today for lenders which will set out the expectations for firms…

Mortgage breaks taken by 1.6 million homeowners could cost them at least £821 million in extra interest according to new analysis. Research by mortgage broker L&C Mortgages has shown that the mortgage breaks taken by 1.6 million homeowners due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cost them at least £821 million in extra interest. Figures calculated…

The Accountant in Bankruptcy, Scotland’s Insolvency Service that administers person insolvencies in Scotland has published its statistics for April 2020 which indicated that there were 976 personal insolvencies (bankruptcies and protected trust deeds (PTDs)) in April 2020. Personal insolvencies decreased by 199 (16.9%) less than in April 2019. Bankruptcies decreased by 71.6% in April 2020…

High-cost short term lender Nextcredit has entered administration. The company had around 9,000 customers. Based in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, the company was incorporated in 2011 with the aim of providing high cost short term credit to individuals. In 2017, the business model was realigned, with a revised focus on an alternative consumer retail lending market.…

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor has announced. In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said…

Scottish Parliament has published a new bill to amend bankruptcy legislation. The Coronavirus (Scotland No.2) bill will be subject to an expedited procedure and subject to Parliament’s approval, is likely to come into force by the end of the month. The Bill includes proposals to make a number of important changes to current bankruptcy legislation,…

The Government has been urged to apply a zero rating to VAT on High Court enforcement fees by the High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA). In its response to a Ministry of Justice consultation on the issue, the HCEOA this week said new regulations on VAT fees needed to be simple, fair and consistent. As…

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