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Cheshire East Council blocks payday loan websites from public computers

First English council to act against the lenders, following a similar move by councils in Dundee and Renfrewshire

Tough probe into payday loan firms

Commission to launch an investigation after companies fail the trading watchdog's tests
Sir Gerald Howarth has a consultancy role with payday lenders QuickQuid, which the OFT accused of 'widespread irresponsible lending'

Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth is consultant to payday lender QuickQuid

Former defence minister advising firm under fire for exorbitant interest rates

'Out of control' letting agent fees are forcing tenants to go without food, says Shelter

Housing charity discovers agencies were charging renters more than £350 on average to set up a tenancy, on top of deposits and up-front rent

Northampton, Northumbria and Swansea universities ban payday loan adverts

Three universities have banned adverts from high-cost payday lenders after fresh fears were raised that unscrupulous firms are targeting hard-up students.

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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

James Moore: Regulators and politicians not ready to be courageous and set interest rate cap

Outlook There is a simple solution to the problem of payday lenders – one that has been highlighted again by Citizens Advice, whose admirable service is being swamped by the industry's victims: an interest rate cap, such as one that already exists in the Irish Republic.

Payday lenders are 'out of control'

Fresh evidence of "out of control" payday lenders failing to act responsibly and hounding people for money has emerged, according to a debt advice charity.

Ryanair's dream to be grounded: Watchdog poised to order Michael O'Leary to halve carrier's stake in Aer Lingus

Michael O'Leary, the outspoken Ryanair boss who has harboured dreams of owning Aer Lingus, will be told this week to sell around half of the budget airline's stake in Ireland's national flag carrier.

A bookmaker and a branch of The Money Shop almost cheek by jowl in a street in Newcastle

Payday loan victim set fire to himself over £1,600

A 36-year-old father set himself on fire last year after being hounded by payday lenders. An inquest heard this week how Antony Breeze died after telling passers-by who tried to help: "I've had enough."

Former bankrupt Kerry Katona in the original advert for Cash Lady

Kerry Katona back in new payday loan advert days after original was banned

Just days after an advert selling payday loans featuring reality television star Kerry Katona was branded “irresponsible” and banned, the former bankrupt is back on our screens in a new advert for the same company.

More than a quarter of kids have sneakily updated a parent’s Facebook status

In-app charges: Parents fork out estimated £30m after children use 'freemium' online games

Parents have been forced to stump up an extra £30 million after their kids have got hold of their smartphones and iPads.

Curb ads for payday loans, urges poverty minister

Britain's only poverty minister will today demand strong action to curb payday lenders who prey on vulnerable people.

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