Crunch victims use anti-stalking laws to challenge 'greedy' banks

Lawyer seeks injunctions to stop debtors facing daily phone calls from bank agents

Sean O'Grady: Empty words return to haunt Brown

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James Moore: Stevenson will make hay while the rain falls

Outlook: So congratulations Barry Stevenson. The former Wyevale Garden Centre and M&S retail boss has resurfaced, landing on his feet as the boss of Albemarle & Bond, the fast growing chain of pawnbrokers. Albemarle, and rival H&T, are businesses whose time has come and they are both busily opening shops in recession wracked town centres up and down the country.

IVAs may be easier to come by, but that's not good news for everyone

Banks and other lenders are now relaxing their payment thresholds for individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs) and are approving lower-repayment applications for the first time, according to Debt Free Direct, a provider of IVAs.

ASA continues claims crackdown

Another claims management company has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority this week for trying to mislead borrowers about how it was able to help them wriggle out of their debts.

Banks agree to extend Cattles' £500m loan

The beleaguered doorstep lender Cattles has extended its £500m credit facility until December, relieving some pressure as it battles to stay afloat.

Econoblog: Stagnation

Today’s economic news is not encouraging. The inventory recession may be mostly over - the destocking of shops and businesses that took such a toll over the past six months - but the mortgage, consumer credit and money supply numbers out today show us two big things.

Beware the house snatchers as lenders get tough on bad debt

Charities warn of a surge in 'charging orders', which attach unsecured loans to property. What can debtors do?

Cautious lenders put balance transfers on ice

Lenders are still being cautious after research from price comparison service shows that at least one in 10 consumers have had a credit card application rejected in the past year.

Offers to 'buy' consumers' debts are a scam

Consumers are being warned to avoid companies that falsely claim to be able to buy and sell on their debt. The Office of Fair Trading has alerted consumers to this danger after reports of debt and claims management companies making misleading claims to be able to take over liability for debts by purchasing consumers' credit agreements.

Transfer scams hit the hard-up and desperate

Claims that companies can help people become debt-free by buying their debt are bogus, says the OFT

'Buy-now, must-have culture' blamed for increase in young women going bankrupt

Young women have overtaken men as the predominant sex falling into bankruptcy. New research from accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy reveals that 55 per cent of bankrupts under the age of 24 were women last year. Five years ago, that figure was 48.3 per cent and Keith Stevens, a partner at Wilkins Kennedy, blames social pressures to spend for the reversal.

Simon Read: Time to crack down on bogus claims

A claims management company was accused this week of "misleading" people by stating it could help people wriggle out of their debts. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint from Lloyds TSB about adverts from a firm called Debt Free.

A Mercy, By Toni Morrison

Set in 17th-century Virginia, Morrison's first novel in five years takes place on a small farm run by Anglo-Dutch trader, Jacob Vaark. Although Vaark does not trade in human flesh, he agrees to accept a young Angolan slave, Florens, in part payment for a bad debt.

In debt? You could be forced to sell your home

More and more often, debts as small as £2,400 can result in homeowners being made to sell their properties.
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