A "Scheme of Arrangement" is in place paying some money to borrowers from the Money Shop, Payday UK or Payday Express who were given unaffordable loans and who submitted a Claim before the deadline in April 2020. It is now too late to submit a Claim if you have not already done this. The following information comes from the latest Scheme report dated 22 May 2020: 182,566 Claims were … [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.
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For more than two years the 0% balance transfer credit cards on offer have been getting slowly less good. And there aren't so many, so they are also harder to get. This steady decline has not got a lot worse because of Coronavirus. You may have been shuffling credit card debt around for years with not much problem, but it is becoming harder. Banks are offering a lot fewer deals Two years … [Read more...]
This article builds on the arguments I put forward in Coronavirus – how the debt advice sector should be planning, looking at one area that needs to be tackled urgently - personal insolvency. Coronavirus will cause a large increase in the numbers of people who should choose insolvency over the next couple of years. I am not trying to predict how many, but it is likely to be large enough to … [Read more...]
UPDATE On 20 May 2020 the Administrators announced: everyone will get 5.68p in the £. people should get an email sent today “or shortly afterwards” saying their dividend payment has been made. payments are being made to the bank accounts they currently have on file. It is too late to change this account. if you get this email but no payment is received within 7 days, you need to … [Read more...]
As lockdown is gradually phased out and furlough payments eventually stop, many people will not be able to return to their pre-Coronavirus situation of being able to manage their debts and bills. Now is the time the debt advice sector should be considering how to prepare for the large demand it may face and what may need to change. We don't know how many people will have problems We don't … [Read more...]
A different approach for payday loans On 24 April the FCA published its guidance for payday lenders on customers with Coronavirus difficulties. With other types of credit, customers can have three month payment breaks but interest continues to be added during these breaks. This applies to mortgages, unsecured loans and credit cards, and car finance. But the FCA has taken a very different … [Read more...]
This is a guest post by David Steele, Policy and Research Manager at The Money Charity (currently furloughed). He was previously Policy Manager Financial Services for Age UK and Head of the Research and Statistics Unit at the UK Film Council. This blog is written in David’s personal capacity and does not necessarily represent the views of his current employer. With the Sunday … [Read more...]
On April 17, the Insolvency Service published Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for the Straightforward Consumer IVA Protocol. This guidance allows for greater flexibility to be applied to Protocol IVAs where the borrower has problems because of Coronavirus. Protocol IVAs use a standard set of terms and conditions. An IVA firm can always go back to your creditors and ask them to approve … [Read more...]
*** Update: 21 April *** A lot of the remaining people still owed money have been paid this morning A few haven't. See comments below for details. People have been told they will all be paid by April 24. *** How to complain about not being paid *** 1. Ask the IPs for specific details of your case or put in a complaint If you don't want a standard reply, but for someone to actually … [Read more...]
On 17 April the FCA published its proposed guidance for car finance lenders on how they should respond to customers who are affected by coronavirus. Earlier this week FCA guidance for unsecured loans came into force. Car finance wasn't included with that as the FCA said it wanted to look at it separately. Now we have the details of what the FCA is proposing for car finance. It broadly … [Read more...]