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    started a blog post Energy suppliers must help vulnerable customers in debt

    Energy suppliers must help vulnerable customers in debt

    Gas and electricity firms must do more to help those struggling to pay bills by spotting debt before it becomes severe, the energy watchdog has said. While the number of customers in debt is down, providers allow customers to accrue £600 in unpaid bills on average before they start paying money back....
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    started a blog post The seaside towns hit by a rising tide of debt

    The seaside towns hit by a rising tide of debt

    Seaside towns in England and Wales - and the young families living in them - are suffering the worst levels of debt in the country, new figures reveal. The Isle of Wight has the highest level of insolvencies amongst young adults, according to the Insolvency Service, followed by Torbay and Scarborough....
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  • £500bn has 'gone missing' from UK finances as Brexit worries weigh heavy

    Almost half a trillion pounds has “gone missing” from Britain’s finances, new figures reveal. A revision of the country’s accounts by the Office for National Statistics shows that the UK’s net international investment position has collapsed from a surplus of £469bn to a net deficit of £22bn. The ONS...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Race on to spend old £1 coins as deadline looms

    Race on to spend old £1 coins as deadline looms

    Shoppers have the weekend to spend their old round £1 coins before they are officially withdrawn, but many shops will go on accepting them. Businesses can refuse to take them from Monday when they will no longer be legal tender. It is estimated that up to 450 million of these coins are still in the...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Fairpoint CEO sacked as administrators begin salvage operation

    Fairpoint CEO sacked as administrators begin salvage operation

    The chief executive of IVA provider Fairpoint has left the company, as administrators RSM Restructuring Advisory undertake plans to salvage the business Sandy Kinninmonth, Lindsey Cooper and Gareth Harris of RSM Restructuring Advisory have been appointed as joint administrators to Fairpoint Group plc...
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  • Universal Credit: Advance payments offered as rollout continues

    Benefit claimants struggling to pay their bills will be able to get cash advances upfront, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has said. He said he recognised concerns that people moving on to Universal Credit had to wait six weeks to be paid. He told the Conservative conference those needing a...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Payday lender Wonga records £65m loss amid overhaul

    Payday lender Wonga records £65m loss amid overhaul

    Wonga - Britain's biggest payday lender - posted pre-tax losses of nearly £65m in 2016, but claims its business has been "transformed". The short-term lender had previously admitted it had "lost its way" under its old management and had been accused of targeting the vulnerable. It...
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    started a blog post FCA warns of enforcement action over complaints policies

    FCA warns of enforcement action over complaints policies

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned enforcement action will be taken against consumer credit firms who are seriously failing to comply with its complaints policy. In a ‘Dear CEO’ letter published by the watchdog last week (September 13), it was revealed the FCA has carried out complaints...
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    started a blog post Ofcom announces rule changes for debt collection and communication

    Ofcom announces rule changes for debt collection and communication

    Ofcom has updated its communication rules to protect customers from nuisance calls and improve debt collection practices. This week (September 19), the communications watchdog announced the improved rules would apply to all UK communications providers and take effect from October 1 2018. In one example,...
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  • 5corpio
    started a blog post Universal Credit expansion “a disaster waiting to happen”

    Universal Credit expansion “a disaster waiting to happen”

    Citizens Advice is warning that the expansion of Universal Credit is a disaster waiting to happen, as new findings show it is pushing people further into debt. Universal Credit merges six existing benefits into one, including tax credits, housing benefit and employment and support allowance. The charity...
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