My pick of last week’s news is Almost 400,000 more UK homes heading for fuel poverty.
Tweet of the week
— Ames Taylor (@PeakyAmes) July 16, 2021
The great bank account shutdown The Times (paywall): Financial firms have been told to get tough on fraud, but it is leaving customers high and dry
Mortgages refused for self-employed who took Covid grants BBC: “I feel unfairly penalised. Furlough has been brilliant in that it has protected my job. But I didn’t expect to come out of the other side – with a deposit, no debt, a perfect credit rating, all of the things that should make me an ideal first time buyer – only to find out that banks just will not lend to me at all”
- FCA publishes second letter of concerns in relation to Provident’s proposed scheme of arrangement FCA: The FCA has assessed the Scheme … and has concluded that the Scheme is inconsistent with the FCA’s rules, principles and objectives.
- City watchdog will not block £50m payout to mistreated Provident customers Times (paywall) It described £50 million as a “potentially arbitrary figure” and said that Provident could contribute more “but has decided not to do so”.
Almost 400,000 more UK homes heading for fuel poverty Guardian: Estimated 3 million households already unable to pay energy bills, and number could grow by 392,000 in winter as prices rise by up to 10%
I have been charged more than £3,000 for missing Dartford crossing payments that amount to £135 – how is this fair? Mail: my comment – this is what happens when tiny missed payments incur penalties and are sent to bailiffs.
Benefits & other news
DWP two-child benefit cap hits 1.1million children as Universal Credit cut bites Mirror: The number of children hit by the Tory cap has kept climbing and now stands at more than 1.1million – with 44% of the affected households led by single parents
Thousands of bereaved families will be able to claim £10,000 in backdated benefits after rule change Sun: The new rule, which was unveiled tonight, extends bereavement benefits to couples with kids who live together but are not married.
Nine MPs accepted free Euro 2020 tickets from gambling companies Guardian: Hospitality for seven Tory and two Labour politicians comes as government reviews gambling law
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