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Debt News (Feb 2024)

Monthly Debt News looks at debts and the causes of debts in Britain from various sources selected for professionals to make the debt sector simple.

This month’s Debt News includes councils warning MPs the fear of bankruptcy,  MPs recommend councils should not be chasing debters who are unable to afford to pay debts, a rise in enforcement agents by £20% to recover council tax debts, mortgage defaults jump since Christmas and a student chased for a student loan that she had not borrowed. There are also bitesize stats to get an overview of the causes of debts in Britain. You can also catch up with previous Debt Talk podcasts if you have missed them.

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News:

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More than 50 councils warn MPs of bankruptcy fears over emergency housing costs


One council said it had seen its emergency housing costs almost quadruple over the last six years 


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Council tax – councils should not be chasing arrears from households that can least afford it, say MPs

The Government should act to ensure local councils are not aggressively chasing council tax debt from those who can least afford it, says the cross-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee in a report published today.

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Bailiff referrals rise by 20% over council debts

Referrals to bailiffs in England and Wales to recover unpaid council debts have risen by nearly 20%, a BBC investigation has found.

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Mortgage and credit card default rates jumped in run-up to Christmas, lenders tell Bank of England


Mortgage defaults expected to get ‘even worse’ over the coming months as high-interest rates pile ‘immense’ pressure on households

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HMRC is charging me for a student loan that I have never had

It has taken £4,000 from my salary, and has referred me to a debt collection company

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(Jan 2024) - Debt Talk: Gambling & debt (Podcast)

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Bite Size  stats:

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 The last year has seen substantial increases in average arrears, reaching £1,214 for electricity and £1,037 for gas in Q3 2023 (up by 31% for electricity and 51% for gas compared to Q3 2022). (OFGEM)

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Net consumer credit borrowing fell to £1.2 billion in December from £2.1 billion in November. This was mainly driven by lower borrowing through credit cards, which fell from £1.0 billion in November to £0.3 billion in December. (Bank of England)

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At the start of 2022-23 there was £4.9 billion of council tax arrears outstanding. During 2022-23, local authorities collected £900 million (18.3%) of this outstanding council tax, irrespective of the year to which it related (before any write off action) (UK Gov)


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(Nov 2023) - Debt Talk: Debt, housing costs & homelessness (Podcast)

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