UPDATE 10 May 2021 The Insolvency Service has announced the new limits that will be introduced for Debt Relief Orders (DROs) from 29 June 2021. These are: the total debt allowable in a DRO goes up from £20,000 to £30,000. the level of "surplus income" after paying your bills and everyday expenses has been increased from £50 to £75 per month. an increase in the general assets you … [Read more...]
Debt news and policy
Debt Camel articles on what's changing - and what ought to change - in the world of personal debt in Britain.
I write a weekly round-up of debt and poverty news on Sundays. There are only kept for a month or two, see Weekly News Summaries.
On 10 May 2021, Provident Financial Group (PFG) announced that it was closing its home credit operation, also known as doorstep lending. Doorstep lending has been at the heart of Provident's business for most of its 140-year history. Agents would visit customers at home, giving loans and collecting weekly repayments. Now Provident says: In light of the changing industry and regulatory … [Read more...]
UPDATE A few people have not been paid by the end of June. And everyone will receive a second, much smaller payment in December 2021. See Money Shop Scheme to pay 2nd small refund for details. A "Scheme of Arrangement" is in place for borrowers from the Money Shop, Payday UK or Payday Express who were given unaffordable loans. Background to the Scheme Failure to assess affordability … [Read more...]
Which are the best IVA firms to talk to if you are interested in an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) and whether it is a good debt solution for you? If you put IVA into Google, how do you decide which of the tempting see how much of your debt you can write off links to click on? Or you could choose the person that cold calls/texts you telling you about a little-known government … [Read more...]
On 22 April 2021, StepChange announced that it was proposing to cut its staff by 10%. It has started the process of consultations about 140-17o redundancies. To many people this will sound bizarre. In October 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found that 20 million people have seen their financial situation worsen because of Covid-19 and 7.7million people saw it worsen a lot. The FCA … [Read more...]
UPDATE Customer voting is now live. See Provident Scheme to limit refunds - how to vote on it for details of the Scheme, the timetable, what you might get in the Scheme and how to vote on it. This article gives the background to the Scheme and what happened before voting started. In March 2021 Provident Financial Group (PFG) proposed a Scheme of Arrangement to reduce the refunds it has … [Read more...]
In the Instant Cash Loans (ICL) Scheme Arrangement, Money Shop, Payday UK and Payday Express customers whose debts were sold to PRAC Financial (PRAC) have not been given set-off between their ICL redress and the loan they still owe. The same situation could occur with other Schemes of Arrangement and other debt collectors. It could also arise in administrations, for example Sunny loans that … [Read more...]
In April 2021, Barclaycard is cutting a lot of customers' credit limits. Some of the reductions are dramatic. Here is what one Debt Camel reader said: Today I received a letter from Barclaycard informing me my credit limit is being reduced from £5,000 to £250 in 1 months time. My balance is zero and has been for several months. Not very happy about this as it’s there for emergencies etc and … [Read more...]
With the third lockdown ending in phases, this article looks at what support you can get with essential bills and debts. There are contact details at the bottom of this page for where it is suggested you should get help. More than four million payment breaks have been provided by lenders, but these lifelines are ending. If you have had six months of breaks already for a debt you won't be … [Read more...]
Many people are frustrated by only being to access expensive credit. Their financial problems may be years in the past, but they still cannot borrow at a reasonable rate. The FCA's Woolard Review said in January 2021: Products or business models which aim to help consumers bridge from sub-prime to near-prime or mainstream have an important role to play in expanding access to credit, and … [Read more...]