My pick of last week’s news is that more than one million parking ticket debts were sent to bailiffs by local authorities.
Tweet of the week
It’s wonderful to receive a letter from the Student Loans Company and see that my debt is only £46,198.83.
— Zarah Sultana (@zarahsultana) September 11, 2019
An update on Local Authority debt collection practices Money Advice Trust: more than 2.6 million debts were passed to bailiffs [in 2018-19] –a like-for-like overall increase of 7% since 2016/17, with this overall increase driven by a significant rise in the use of bailiffs to recover parking debts.
- Cut bailiff use for non-payment of council tax, say charities Guardian
- Councils are increasingly turning to bailiffs to pursue unpaid parking tickets with more than ONE MILLION cases in the last year Mail.
Loan charge review to be led by Amyas Morse FT (paywall) Treasury bows to campaigners’ demands to reconsider ‘retrospective’ tax.
U.K. Banks Pay $66 Billion as Costliest Ever Scandal Winds Down Bloomberg: looks at what the big banks though it would cost them and how much more thay are now having to pay.
The Student Money Manual 2019-20 Money Charity: From budgeting to Student Finance, fees to making your money stretch further as a student
Solar panels: Thousands of customers complain BBC: Barclays Bank has put aside £38m to deal with potential claims.
Co-op says it has ‘a heart’. So why back-bill for thousands? Observer: Rules introduced by Ofgem last year forbid utilities companies from charging for more than 12 months of unbilled energy use before a correct bill has been issued… However, in some cases Co-op appears to have ignored this in its efforts to claw in money it neglected to claim.
Pawnbroker shuts shops as it seeks lifeline BBC: Customers of a High Street pawnbroker are being left in the dark after all 116 branches were closed and phone calls go unanswered.
Benefits & other news
- Funeral poverty fund aims to help more families BBC Scotland
- ‘My son’s dad was on ice in the mortuary for FIVE months as I couldn’t afford a funeral’ Sun.
Universal Credit dad forced to go to food bank after school uniform cost £200 Mirror: Paul Hemming and his partner, who survive on Universal Credit payments, said the extra £200 outgoings meant the family faced going hungry until benefits day.
Chased into ‘self-deportation’: the most disturbing Windrush case so far Guardian: Joycelyn managed to gather 75 pages of evidence proving that she had spent a lifetime in the UK: bank statements, dentists’ records, medical files, tax records, letters from her primary school, letters from friends and family. But, inexplicably, this was not enough.
Court closures to continue as £1bn upgrade lags Law Gazette: Ministry of Justice plans to close 77 more courts over the next seven years.
‘It’s like something thrusting your head into a gutter and keeping it there’ says recovered gambling addict MyLondon: He’s using his experience to help at the National Problem Gambling Clinic in Fulham.