Category Archives: Debt

How much is your overdraft costing you?

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Do you know how much your bank charges if you go into your overdraft or if you go over your limit? Many of our clients pay hundreds of pounds to their bank as a result of unarranged overdraft charges. In some cases it can be more expensive to go into unarranged overdraft than it would cost to take out a payday loan.

We’ve carried out research that shows that overdraft charges are adding to the debt worries of our clients and the costs of having an overdraft might be higher than you’d expect. We believe that the FCA should take action to limit unarranged overdraft charges. Continue reading »

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Debt and money news – September 2016

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This month saw the introduction of a new plastic £5 note, changes to TV licensing laws and a payday lender ordered to refund £34m back to thousands of its customers.

Grab yourself a brew, sit back and find out the latest news from the world of debt! Continue reading »

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Payday lender refunds & writes off £34m

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This week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that the payday lender CFO Lending has been ordered to pay a £34m ‘redress’ package to 97,000 of its customers.

The announcement came after the FCA found a number of poor practices at the firm, dating back to 2009, that had caused detriment for many of their customers.

CFO Lending were also known as as Flexible First, Payday First, Money Resolve, Paycfo, Payday Advance and Payday Credit. Continue reading »

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How to keep your household bills on track

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As the largest consumer body in the UK, Which? exists to arm you with the information you need when considering where to spend your money. They’ve developed ’emindme’, a handy email reminder tool that helps you keep track of what bills you need to pay and when. Grace Kindred from Which? tells us more…

Managing bills can be complicated and time-consuming. If you forget to pay your bills and don’t deal with the situation correctly, arrears can build up and become difficult to deal with. However, there are steps you can take to help you be more organised when it comes to your finances.

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Been cold-called by a High Court Enforcement Officer? It could be a scam!

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We’ve all heard of scams from the news or current affairs programmes, and some of us have either been victims of scams or know someone who’s fallen afoul of them. It seems  there’s always someone out there trying to take advantage of us.

We recently received reports from clients who’ve been contacted by a company claiming to be High Court enforcement Officers (HCEOs) collecting a debt. If these kinds of calls aren’t alarming enough, we have reason to believe that they may be the actions of scammers.

The last thing we want to see is you being taken advantage of. While we can’t stop scammers or their dirty work, we can make you aware of some of the danger signs to look out for…

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July’s money and debt news

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It’s been over a month since the Brexit vote, and we’ve been busy looking at how it could affect your finances if you’re in debt

July has also seen increases to the cost of bankruptcy  in England and Wales, Universal Credit being pushed back, and the release of our latest report, looking into which organisations are the most unfair when dealing with people with debt problems.

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20 weird and wonderful ways to make money – part three!

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It’s not just about car boot sales and selling stuff on eBay. There are so many easy and fun ways to make more money. Part one and part two of our ‘weird ways’ series continue to be wildly popular, so we thought it was high time to break out part three!

From testing dog food to queuing up for cash, let’s take a look at some more miraculous methods of maximising your moolah…

(The following ideas for making extra money may not be suitable for all readers and have been covered for entertainment as well as information purposes).

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