My pick of last week’s news is the number of Wonga mis-sold loans.
Wonga’s legacy of nearly 400,000 mis-sold loans BBC: As the Wonga administrators stop accepting any more claims, the true extent of the number of customers who won’t get a full refund emerges.
Three changes you need to know about the DMHEF Money Advice Trust blog: simpler, no charges and now hosted at MAT not MALG. “this new DMHEF should be seen as an option only where a customer’s situation is complex, unusual or in doubt. It should be a tool for the most challenging situations, one of many options, rather than the first and only tool to reach for.”
- GPs can no longer charge patients for debt and mental health forms GP: GPs in England can no longer charge patients for completing debt and mental health evidence forms, following the introduction of a new shortened version of the form today.
Benefits & other news
General insurance pricing practices – Interim report FCA: A million and one graphs and statistics showing how insurance companies rip off existing customers.
- ‘Ten years with my insurer meant a £2,000 hike’ BBC: The 76-year-old, from Kent, said: “Being a pensioner, I don’t like changing.” She ended up looking in the phone book, calling around for a deal. She is an example of the six million people who pay on average £200 too much on premiums.
Jade Smith was in ‘living hell’ on zero-hours contract shortly before tragic suicide Mirror: The Mighty Redcar star and passionate Conservative Party campaigner Jade Smith was run ragged from her gruelling adult social care job in the months before she died.
Assessing the impact of rising child poverty on the unprecedented rise in infant mortality in England, 2000–2017: time trend analysis BMJ: We estimated that each 1% increase in child poverty was significantly associated with an extra 5.8 infant deaths per 100 000 live births.
Single mum on Universal Credit says she can only afford £1 pizza and chips due to childcare costs Sun: “My salary doesn’t even cover my childcare costs let alone any other bills.”