Seminar on bailiffs

On 29 January the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance discussed regulation of the bailiff industry, hearing from consumer groups and trade associations.

Dr Steven Everson, from the Civil Enforcement Association, said that profit was not a “dirty word” in the sector even when the only source of income was from the debtor. Proposals from the MOJ would result in a clearer, less complicated system. Continue reading

Seminar on ‘Access to cash’

On 11 July 2012 the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance hosted a breakfast seminar to launch a new report from Citizens Advice called Access to Cash – Don’t Bank on It.

Director of Policy and Advocacy at Citizens Advice, Teresa Perchard, argued that after a decade of progress, with the development of a free cash machine network and basic bank account provision, the situation was now in reverse.

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Seminar on debt remedies and insolvency

On Wednesday 12 October 2011 Consumer Affairs Minister, Ed Davey joined parliamentary members of the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance to discuss debt remedies and insolvency. At the meeting, chaired by Yvonne Fovargue MP, the members discussed the Government’s response to the Consumer Credit and Personal Insolvency Review conducted by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the Treasury, which was published in July. Continue reading

Financial Fair 2011

On 28 June 2011 the APPG on Debt and Personal Finance held its annual Financial Fair and reception. The theme of this year’s event, which was sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group was “Financial Inclusion and Education for Young People. The Financial Fair provided an opportunity for MPs and peers to chat to affiliate members of the group, including representatives from the banking, lending and consumer advice sectors, regarding how young people can be supported and empowered to make positive financial decisions. ABCUL, Experian, the Consumer Credit Counselling Service, PFEG, UK Payments and Citizens Advice exhibited literature highlighting their work with young people. Continue reading

Meeting with Ed Davey, Consumer Affairs Minister about the regulation of debt management companies

On the 16 May 2011 members of the APPG on debt and personal finance met with Consumer Affairs Minister, Ed Davey about the need for stronger regulation of fee-charging debt management companies. Nic Dakin, the APPG’s Treasurer who requested the meeting said that all too often these companies were “not debt management companies but debt exploitation companies”.

APPG Debt and Personal Finance submission to BIS call for evidence in support of the Consumer Credit and Personal Insolvency Review [PDF]