New help for millions in debt crisis - you can now get two months' 'breathing space' from interest and enforcement action
New rules giving those in England and Wales who are struggling with problem debt a 60-day grace period to get their finances back under control come into force today, in a huge victory for MoneySavingExpert.com and others who've campaigned hard on the issue.
4 May 2021
Campaigners call for new online harms regulator to cover scams as mental health sufferers 'three times as likely' to fall victim to fraud
Mental health sufferers are three times more likely to fall victim to online scams, while the coronavirus pandemic has made the threat worse - and now campaigners are calling on the Government to act
9 December 2020
Millions in debt crisis to be helped by two-month 'breathing space'
New rules which will give people struggling with problem debt a grace period of 60 days to get their finances back under control are set to help millions, according to new estimates published by the Government
6 February 2020
GPs 'missing critical opportunity' to help people with mental illness avoid financial problems
Healthcare professionals have a "crucial role" in helping people with mental health problems avoid financial difficulties, according to a new report – but many patients aren't being offered this support
3 December 2019
Barclays lets customers block gambling transactions
Barclays has today become the first UK high street bank to allow you to block payments to certain categories of retailer, such as gambling services and premium rate websites and phone lines, in a bid to help vulnerable customers
11 December 2018
Thousands struggling with debt while in hospital for their mental health
An estimated 23,000 people experience problem debt while in hospital for a mental health crisis each year
20 February 2018
One in seven worry about money 'every day' during the run-up to Christmas
Nearly one in seven Brits worry about money every day in the lead-up to Christmas, according to National Debtline
6 December 2017
Guest Comment: Why we need to talk about debt and money in our relationships
Chris Sherwood, chief executive of Relate, explains what the charity has learned from its recent research
28 November 2017
Plans for six-week 'breathing space' from serious debt problems announced
People struggling with serious debt could be given up to six-week's grace
24 October 2017
Banks must do more to support those with mental health problems, charity warns
Banks should introduce options like voice recognition and web chat facilities to help people with mental health problems
24 January 2017
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Mortgage prisoner review launched amid concerns even MORE homeowners could be trapped on expensive rates26 July 2021More homeowners than previously thought could be trapped on expensive mortgage rates and unable to switch, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has admitted.
Plans for bailiffs to be self-regulated revealed but Martin Lewis warns compulsory regulation that all firms must follow is needed26 July 2021Plans for bailiffs in England and Wales to be self-regulated have been put forward by the Centre for Social Justice in a bid to better protect people in debt. But Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, warns that the industry-funded body doesn't go far enough, saying that every bailiff firm needs to be "tightly and independently" regulated.
26 July 2021Tesco Bank has announced it will close all existing current accounts on 30 November, with around 213,000 customers affected.
Energy price cap could be extended beyond 2023 and households given personalised switching advice under new Government plans23 July 2021The energy price cap, which limits how much suppliers can charge households on poor value standard variable tariffs (SVTs), could be extended beyond 2023, while households on those tariffs will be given personalised switching advice, under new plans announced by the Government today.
Is your bank's customer service a pleasant or peasant experience? See how your bank fared in our latest poll23 July 2021Challenger bank Starling has taken the crown in our latest banking customer service poll, with digital rival Monzo coming a close second and former champion First Direct knocked into third place.
Martin Lewis: Why you shouldn't worry too much about your credit score – it’s not actually a real thing14 June 2021When it comes to finances, numbers are key – whether it's what you earn, your credit card balance or the interest rate on your mortgage, small changes can add up to a big difference. Yet there's one number you shouldn't pay too much attention to – your credit score.
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