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Prepaid funeral sellers face cold-calling ban as regulator unveils new rules
The Financial Conduct Authority has revealed details on how it plans to regulate prepaid funeral sellers from next summer, with measures including a ban on cold calling, a set penalty-free cancellation period and providers requiring authorisation
5 July 2021
Action needed to protect access to cash and ensure vulnerable people can access financial services, says House of Lords committee
Members of the House of Lords have called on the Government to protect access to cash and to do more to prevent the poorest from being excluded from access to financial services.
24 April 2021
London Capital & Finance investors in line for up to £68,000 payout under new Government scheme - but they won't get back everything lost
Around 8,800 London Capital & Finance (LCF) investors are set to receive compensation of up to £68,000 under a new Government scheme, the Treasury has announced today.
19 April 2021
London Capital & Finance investors given compensation hope under new Government scheme
London Capital & Finance (LCF) investors have been given compensation hope after the announcement that HM Treasury will set up a scheme for those who lost money when the bond firm went bust. It comes as a damning report reveals the firm hadn't been effectively supervised by the financial watchdog
17 December 2020
Barclays fined £26m for failing 1.5 million customers in financial difficulty - and borrowers have been refunded
Barclays has been fined £26 million by the financial regulator over the poor treatment of 1.5 million borrowers who had fallen into arrears or financial difficulties over a period of four years - and affected customers have also been refunded
15 December 2020
Regulator proposes 'tailored support' for mortgage holders once payment holidays end
The Financial Conduct Authority has said firms should consider a range of support options – including waiving or reducing payments – under new proposals to help mortgage customers who are still struggling once coronavirus-related payment holidays end on 31 October 2020
26 August 2020
Regulator to ban interest rate-linked car finance commission
The financial regulator has announced it will ban commission models that give car finance dealers an incentive to raise customers’ costs from next year
28 July 2020
Insurers set to offer payment holidays and premium reviews until October
Measures introduced to help insurance customers struggling during the pandemic are set to be extended until the end of October
24 July 2020
Car finance and high-cost credit payment holidays extended
The financial regulator has confirmed further measures to support borrowers struggling to make payments on car finance deals, buy-now-pay-later agreements and other credit products due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many able to get another three-month payment holiday if needed
15 July 2020
Payment holidays and premium reviews confirmed for insurance customers struggling due to coronavirus
The financial regulator has confirmed it will introduce measures to help insurance customers struggling during the coronavirus pandemic – meaning insurers will need to assess whether they can change what's covered to offer customers lower premiums. Insurers may also be expected to offer customers payment holidays of up to three months
14 May 2020
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22 September 2021Almost half (47%) of MoneySavers prefer to contact customer services via phone, a new MoneySavingExpert.com poll has found. However, this varies greatly by age, with most younger respondents (aged 49 and under) preferring to use Live Chat services over phone.
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22 September 2021The coronavirus outbreak is causing major travel disruption around the globe
21 September 2021There are more myths and misunderstandings about student finance than any other subject. So in this blog is my updated 2021/22 version of the must knows, with links to far more info.
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16 August 2021
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