As it’s been three weeks since the last news round up, I’m picking three stories if you want some interesting reading – all blogs. IVAs, The FCA, HMRC and the IP’s role is thought provoking even if I disagree with much of it; We’re going to need another canto is a deeply depressing round-up of Housing changes last year; and my own Can you get interest refunds from catalogues & credit cards?
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Money Shop owner receives bid approach Dollar Financial, which owns the Money Shop, Payday UK and Payday Express brands, has been put up for sale “following a difficult few years“.
Banks bar honest clients (Times £) Three-year-old royal and top historian on ‘blacklist’ used to block terrorists. The names listed on World-Check were a tightly guarded secret until a copy was accidentally left online this summer.
‘Buy now, pay later’ debts hitting young Backdated interest payments are leaving young people with unexpected bills from “buy now, pay later” deals, a charity has warned.
IVAs, The FCA, HMRC and the IP’s role Blog by Bill Burch on the IP’s role in balancing the interests of the debtor and the creditors.
Magistrates in Bradford hand out prison sentences to 34 council tax debtors The new figures include seven single parents.
Universal Credit arrears soar in Scottish council A total of 590 tenants receive Universal Credit in East Lothian, 481 of whom have rent arrears.
Household debt rises to post-credit crunch high Bank of England data shows personal debt grew 10.8% in the year to 30 November to £192.2bn in the UK – the highest level since December 2008. Step Change is calling on the government to adopt a scheme that gives problem debtors 12 months’ breathing space to get back on track.
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Can you get interest refunds from catalogues & credit cards? Many people were originally given sensible limits, but the lender kept increasing them so borrowers have a potential responsible lending complaint.
Rising cost of essentials leaves UK households with less cash for treats A new report on household finances from Lloyds bank echoed other signs that the pound’s steep fall since the Brexit vote is raising import costs for the UK and trickling through to higher prices for consumers.
Belfast benefits appeals service loses funding The Belfast Citywide Tribunal Service was set up three years ago with money from the city council.
Courier wins holiday pay in key tribunal ruling on gig economy Judge decries contract and rules CitySprint must award holiday pay to cycle courier wrongly classed as self-employed.
We’re going to need another canto – 2016 roundup Giles Peaker’s round up of Housing issues in 2016 (Nearly Legal): “it has been and remains a desolate landscape“.
Having children carries big pay penalty, says think tank Female workers continue to face a “rapid rise” in pay inequality when they get into their 30s and 40s, according to the Resolution Foundation.
Homeless man returns missing suit to owner and gets repaid in incredible way A good news story although there is a sting in the tail – the difficulty of finding housing even when a deposit has been raised.