My pick of last week’s news that you might not have seen is the Universal Credit – A Claimants guide – written by claimants, it’s honest and in plain English.
Who will need debt advice in the future? MaPS: interesting to see what MaPS is thinking. No mention of single parents, mental health or literacy/language issues.
Perhaps they didn’t read this next article…
Money and mental health: GPs are being urged to ‘prescribe debt advice’ to aid Covid recovery iNews:
The Social Market Foundation says financial prescribing could be a lifeline for those who have lost income
Mastercard offers buy now, pay later Times (paywall): These types of loans increase sales by 45 per cent on average, and reduce “cart abandonment” by 35 per cent, according to Mastercard.
Evicted in less than 10 minutes: courts fail tenants broken by pandemic TBIJ: analysis of 555 recent possession court hearings involving rented properties in England and Wales reveals that 85% of cases leave judges with no scope to take a tenant’s circumstances into account. The impact of Covid-19 was explicitly mentioned in a third of all hearings where a possession order was granted, yet the existing rules left judges with no choice but to order an eviction.
Warning about bailiff email scam gov.uk Scammers are posing as County Court bailiffs to demand payment
More banks to disappear from the High Street as Virgin Money announces the closure of another 31 branches Mail: Lenders have now announced 4,525 branch closures since the start of 2015, including 748 this year.
Universal Credit – A Claimants guide written by claimants
UK’s new £500m winter hardship fund branded as ‘sticking plaster’ Guardian: Charities and Labour call grants for struggling families an ‘11th-hour bid to save face’ as furlough and benefit cuts loom
In honour of today’s announcement that the government is extending a short term grant scheme whilst pressing ahead with massive cut to Universal Credit next week. pic.twitter.com/69Iw9fLHAz
— Helen Barnard (@Helen_Barnard) September 30, 2021
Universal Credit cut means I’ll have to choose between eating or paying bills Sun: The 63-year-old has just £5 left after paying all her essential bills and buying food.
‘What Universal Credit cut really means for me – anxiety, diet and constant mental maths’ Mirror: The end of the £20 Universal Credit uplift spells disaster for hundreds of thousands of people.
Food banks and homeless shelters preparing for ‘bleak winter’ with trepidation amid NHS warning The Scotsman: government action was ‘just tinkering around the edges’ of the poverty crisis as fuel bills spiral and Universal Credit is set to be cut.
Fuel poverty map of England revealed End Fuel Poverty campaign: a league table of local authority areas by combining fuel poverty figures with data on measures improving energy efficiency and therefore reducing fuel poverty.
Britain’s energy regulator should have tightened rules sooner, ex-boss says FT (paywall): Former Ofgem chief says that with hindsight he would have imposed ‘stronger licence conditions’ on suppliers earlier.
Energy price cap: Millions of households face higher gas and electricity bills BBC: The current crisis in the sector means that, this time, there is no availability of better offers. A tariff set at the price cap limit is the most competitive available.
‘Desperate choices’ this winter as three more UK energy suppliers toppled by price surge Guardian: Citizens Advice says consumers moved to new supplier likely to pay extra £30 a month
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