The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest official statistics on household incomes, covering the financial year 2015–16. IFS researchers have summarised the headline trends observed in the new data and placed them in historical context in order to understand better changes in living standards in recent years. Key findings include: Average household…

Cifas has released new figures showing that identity fraud has hit the highest levels ever recorded.  A record 172,919 identity frauds were recorded in 2016 more than in any other previous year. Identity fraud now represents over half of all fraud recorded by the UK’s not-for-profit fraud data sharing organisation (53.3% of all frauds recorded…

SSE has announced that it will increase electricity prices by 14.9% at the end of the month. In response to the news Ben Wilson, energy spokesperson at Gocompare.com Energy, said: “We said last week when E.ON increased its energy prices for 2.5m standard variable tariff customers that SSE wouldn’t be far behind. Lo and behold,…

UK consumer debt now stands at £240 billion according to new insight from. Almost three quarters (73 per cent) of UK adults admit they currently have some form of unsecured borrowing, such as personal loan, bank overdraft or credit card, with a third (33 per cent) of those admitting they rely on credit to get…

Changes to the law covering bailiffs in England and Wales introduced in April 20141 are failing to protect people in financial difficulty from unfair treatment, according to a landmark new report, ‘Taking Control’, released today by a coalition of debt advice and other charities. The report finds evidence that bailiffs are: regularly using intimidating behaviour failing…

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland (CIH Scotland) has added its voice to growing concerns about the negative social impact and spiralling costs of implementing Universal Credit. CIH Scotland, the professional body for Scotland’s housing sector, has highlighted a number of issues with the implementation of the new single payment as a Scottish Government consultation…

Following the announcement of today’s Budget the Money Advice Trust has suggested that a year of pressure lies ahead for UK households.  Joanna Elson OBE, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline, said: “While the economy is performing better than expected, the OBR’s forecasts point to a year…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute have teamed up to set financial and technology firms an ambitious mental health challenge. The charity and the financial regulator are bringing together some of the UK’s biggest banks and new start-ups to compete in a mental health ‘TechSprint’ hosted by PwC;…