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Industry News 8 Apr 2020

Warning issued over loan sharks during Covid-19 pandemic

People suffering financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic are being urged to avoid loan sharks who cause profound misery and stress to their victims. Loan sharks are unregulated, often give cash loans without any paperwork and charge extortionate interest rates.

Industry News 14 Jan 2020

Buy Now, Pay For it Later

We’re stepping up to warn of the threat that Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) schemes pose to consumers. Companies such as Klarna, Laybuy and Clearpay allow consumers to make online purchases and spread the cost through instalments over an agreed…

Industry News 7 Jan 2020

What’s Happening With Universal Credit?

Universal Credit (UC) was first introduced in 2013 to simplify the benefits system. To say it’s proved problematic is an understatement, with increased waiting times and the exclusion of rent and Council Tax considerations. In last month’s general election, Labour…

Industry News 6 Dec 2019

How Will Brexit Affect Your Finances?

Britain’s departure from the EU is causing no end of uncertainty. We’ve taken to answer some FAQs to help you understand what’s going on in the world of Brexit, and how it will affect your personal finances in three key…

Industry News 18 Oct 2019

PayPlan named Debt Advice Provider of the Year

The PayPlan team recently celebrated after being named the 2019 Debt Advice Provider of the Year at Credit Strategy’s industry leading Collections & Customer Service (CCS) Awards.Now in its thirteenth year, the CCS Awards champions outstanding achievements of organisations, teams…

Industry News 9 Oct 2019

What is a Challenger Bank?

Challenger banks are typically small banks aiming to challenge the longer-established bigger banks, such as the ‘big four’ (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group). Examples of challenger banks include Monzo, Starling and Tandem, but…

Industry News 18 Oct 2018

Are Payday Loans Becoming a Thing of the Past?

The recent collapse of Wonga has been ugly and well-publicised. The payday lender had a less than favourable reputation, and was seen by many as a business model that preyed on people who were either desperate or didn’t understand what…

Industry News 12 Jun 2018

Welsh Government set to abolish Council Tax Imprisonment

PayPlan’s reaction to Welsh Government abolishment of council taxAlistair Chisholm, head of advice sector policy and partnerships at PayPlan, wrote an industry report ‘I can’t believe we still do that: council tax report’ in November 2017.  The report, a joint…

Industry News 5 Mar 2018

FCA warns of interest-only mortgages

Around 1 in 5 of all mortgages are interest-only and the industry’s regulator is worried that consumers are at risk of losing their homes. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is urging people to speak to their mortgage providers if they…

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