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Official warning: the latest lenders you need to steer clear of

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If you’re thinking about taking out a loan, you should beware of unauthorised lenders, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

You might remember that back in December, we told you about the FCA’s warning about 15 lenders to avoid over the festive season.

Since the start of this year, they’ve issued a further 44 warnings about lenders who they believe are working without official permission or authorisation.

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DebtDay Live: our updates from across the charity this #DebtDay

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#DebtDay 2016 latest updates

Find out what we’re posting during our #DebtDay social media event, on what we forecast to be our busiest day of the year.
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Debt and money news – January 2016

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It may be a brand new year but it seems that many of last year’s debt and money issues are far from resolved. It’s also time to fill in your online tax return if you haven’t done so already. No one wants that ugly £100 fine for sending it off late!

On a brighter note, it looks like the bankruptcy application process may be a little bit simpler from April onwards. It also seems that annoying cold-calling firms are finally being taken to task by the powers that be. This should hopefully mean a dramatic reduction in unwanted contact this year.

Also, if you’re a former customer of Cash Genie or its sister companies, you may be owed a refund now that the firms have gone into liquidation. Read on for more details…

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Debt and money news – December 2015

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Do you read the small print when taking out financial products? A report has found that it’s costing us all £428 each year. Remember when smart energy meters were set to make our lives easier? Apparently they could leave us worse off.

Don’t worry though – it’s not all doom and gloom. The drop in oil prices has sparked a petrol price war at the pumps, set to continue into the New Year. We’ve also got the best free ways to track Santa as he delivers presents around the world this Christmas, and news of a new phone scam affecting Brits. Time to find out more…

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Debt and money news – November 2015

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Welcome to November’s debt and money news, your one-stop-shop for all the latest goings-on in the world of finances. This month’s installment covers wages going up, payday loan refunds, George Osborne’s autumn statement, our new service in Ireland, Black Friday scuffles and this year’s most wanted toys.

As a special bonus, if you make it to the end there’s a link to a video that will show you how to make your own Tracy Island! Continue reading »

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October’s debt and money news

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A lot has been going on in the world of debt and money this month. Well actually, a lot has been going up, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

October welcomes a rise in the debt limit needed to qualify for a debt relief order and there was also a rise in the minimum wage. The amount of debt a creditor can make you bankrupt for has increased too.

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September’s money and debt news

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Top stories this month included the government announcing plans to increase general application court fees to £255. This is a jump of £100 from the current fee. Many people are questioning the fairness of this decision.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) wants to let millions of people know that they may be able to claim compensation on a range of card security products they may have purchased. Several of these products were deemed redundant because they offered things a customer is usually entitled to anyway, such as fraud protection.

We also voiced our opinion on the TUC debt report ‘Britain in the Red’, which explored the increase of families with problem debt. Read on for more details…

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