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New rules to clamp down on unscrupulous payday lenders

The payday loan industry was this week "given notice" to comply with tough new rules or face being closed down.

The FCA will stop short of putting a cap on the total cost of credit

Payday loan firms let off by Watchdog, critics claim

FCA will force lenders to ensure borrowers can afford loans

The FCA will stop short of putting a cap on the total cost of credit

Payday loans: Rogue lenders face closure for ‘preying on the vulnerable’ in new crackdown

The Financial Conduct Authority today launched tough new rules to stop payday lenders preying on vulnerable people and forcing hard-up folk into serious debt problems.

Barclays to refund 300,000 customers after admin error

Bank to pay back loan customers thought to have been mistakenly charged interest

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Vast dive in business lending

The biggest slump in business lending this year raised more doubts about the Bank of England’s Funding for Lending scheme today.

The Public Accounts Committee's chairman, Margaret Hodge, has accused the OFT of being 'ineffective and timid in the extreme'

MPs slam ‘timid’ OFT over 'predatory' payday loans companies

Regulatory body has not done enough to tackle ‘predatory’ companies, committee reports

Quick Quid - Typical APR 1734%: Owned by US firm CashEuroNet UK, which also owns In 2011, Which? reported Quick Quid to the Information Commissioner’s Office over the unauthorised sale of personal details

Shackling the loan sharks: Payday hunters become the hunted

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George Osborne hosts the Chancellor’s annual Christmas party yesterday for the Starlight charity

Northern Rock lending blunder lands taxpayers with £270m bill

Nationalised bank’s failure to follow new rules means borrowers are entitled to refund

Consumers are being advised to check meter readings for discrepancies on household bills because suppliers don't guarantee to spot oversights and automatically refund money

Don't let your cash be part of £6bn giveaway

Onus on consumers to spot overcharges on bills and claim refunds, discovers Louise Dransfield

From credit cards to payday loans, Britons' unsecured
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Millions face financial woe as debt levels soar

The average family now owes nearly £10,000, as hard-pressed Britons go deep into debt to survive the recession, a report warns.

Wonga adverts feature puppet pensioners

Payday lender Wonga sent aggressive letters to customers with debts

The payday lender Wonga has been criticised by the Office of Fair Trading for accusing some of its own customers of being fraudsters.

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