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Top 5 debt news stories for January 2017

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It’s been busy start to the year, with news that HSBC is to redress around £4m to customers after the regulator found unfair charges were added to some of its customer’s debts. Latest figures released by the Bank of England also show soaring levels of consumer debt.

HMRC have released a list of the worst excuses for not paying the minimum wage, as part of a new campaign; and the BBC reported that thousands are missing out on a little-known benefit that could see grandparents £230 a year better off when they retire.

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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 – August 2016

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August is often referred to as the ’silly season’ for news stories, where the papers are full of whimsical stories.

That hasn’t stopped this month also being jam-packed full of goings-on in the world of debt and money news. Continue reading »

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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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How Brexit could affect your finances if you’re in debt

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The people of the UK have spoken and have decided that we should leave the EU. There are endless articles online about the political ins and outs, arguing one side against the other. We’re going to sidestep the debate and instead investigate the practical implications of Brexit on your finances.

The short answer to how Brexit will affect the majority of people is this: things will probably carry on as normal, in the short term at least.

The long answer is a bit more complex…

The key thing to note is that very little has changed since the vote to leave the EU and it’s still too early to see what the long term impact of Brexit will be.

We do have a slightly better idea about where the potential changes to your finances could occur, based on short term predictions of the economy. So let’s take a look at the different areas that Brexit could affect you, and how soon these changes could happen. Continue reading »

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June’s money and debt news

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Unexpected bills, payday loan complaints and debates over credit card limit increases were all hot topics in money and debt related news this month. 

In brighter news, for those hoping to get on the property ladder, chartered surveyors predict that house prices may fall over the next three months – the first fall in six years. And the final design for the new £5 note has also been revealed, and tests show that these new notes can withstand the washing machine much better than their predecessors!

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May’s debt and money news

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This month we’ve been keeping an eye out on the latest scams, with reports of people getting suspicious-looking emails about Council Tax arrears.

Search giant Google has taken the decision to ban payday loan adverts from its search results, and do you know exactly what’s in your bank account? According to a report, two thirds of us are happy to remain blissfully unaware! It’s all here in May’s debt and money news.

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