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Campaigners call for action to fix 'absurd' universal credit flaws stopping vulnerable people getting help managing benefits

Campaigners have called on the Government to fix "absurd flaws" with the benefits system that prevent vulnerable people from getting help from family and friends to manage their Universal Credit accounts. Without this help, campaigners warn claimants ultimately risk losing their benefits.

26 May 2021

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

Victory over debt threats as Government agrees to end distressing default letters

The Government has today agreed to change old laws which force lenders to send intimidating letters to people struggling with debt, in a key campaign victory for the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity set up by MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis

7 October 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

Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and Santander planning to let you block gambling transactions

At least four more high street banks - the Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and Santander - are working on plans to help customers restrict their spending on gambling, after Barclays became the first to do so last month

4 January 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

Half of those who take time off for mental health issues have to borrow to make ends meet

Almost half of those who take time off work due to mental health issues have to borrow money to make ends meet, while 42% go without essentials such as food and electricity, a new report shows

1 November 2018

Some travel insurers hiked premiums by 2000% for mental health problems

Research shows 45% of people with mental health problems never disclose their illness to their travel insurer

22 August 2018