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Credit and Collection Industry Pushes Back Against Inflammatory Statements of CFPB Director
Friday, 07 April 2017
April 6, 2017 – Washington, DC - ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, is disappointed by the opening statement and testimony by Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during Wednesday’s hearing of the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing, scheduled in order to receive the semi-annual report of the CFPB to Congress, was the first appearance by Director Cordray before the committee since the inauguration of President Trump.  
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The Mortgage Lender cements growth plans with new hires
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
The Mortgage Lender (TML) has bolstered its ranks with 12 new hires across the business, it announced today. The appointments include the first of those resulting from a grant from economic development agency Scottish Enterprise that will eventually see 109 roles created in Glasgow. 
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Hometrack extends long-standing relationship with HSBC
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
HSBC has signed a one-year contract extension with property analytics business Hometrack, securing the delivery of valuation and risk services for a twelfth consecutive year.
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MAS comment on FCA's credit card proposals
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Speaking about the FCA’s call for credit card companies to help those in persistent debt, Caroline Siarkiewicz, Head of Debt Advice at the Money Advice Service comments:   “Helping consumers remove themselves from persistent and, in some cases, unmanageable levels of debt is vital to improving the financial security of millions across the UK. Research by the Money Advice Service shows that nearly eight million people across the UK are over-indebted and credit card debt is the second most cited reason for people seeking free debt advice funded by the Money Advice Service. With the information they hold on their customers finances, the credit card industry is well placed to identify and support people in or at risk of problem debt. Anyone worried about their levels of debt can visit the Money Advice Service’s free debt advice locator tool to find sources of free debt advice in their area.”  
 
OnePlusOne relationship charity campaign - Real couples discuss realities of debt for major project
Tuesday, 04 April 2017
When debt knocks at the door, love flies out of the window. That’s what often happened in the past, and it’s happening now. 60% of people who contact debt charities also report problems with their relationships.   
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StepChange Debt Charity response to FCA credit card remedies consultation
Monday, 03 April 2017
In response to the Financial Conduct Authority’s credit card market study: consultation on persistent debt and earlier intervention remedies, Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of StepChange Debt Charity, said:  “The FCA needs to ensure that consumers are properly protected and our concern is that these proposals don’t go far enough. Credit card debts remain the biggest single category of problem debt for our clients, with average debts of over £8,000.
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118 118 Money Receives Regulatory Authorization from FCA
Monday, 03 April 2017
118 118 Money has received full authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) which regulates the conduct of banks, lending institutions and all other organizations that operate in the financial services arena.  Since launching in Cardiff, Wales in 2013, the pioneering lender has issued more than £150m in unsecured personal loans ranging from £1,000-£5,000, to customers who are unable to receive credit from their banks.
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Harrington Brooks seeks industry consensus at annual conference to tackle indebtedness
Friday, 31 March 2017
Holding its second annual conference yesterday, Sale based financial services provider Harrington Brooks asked delegates to come together as an industry to tackle indebtedness. Building on the success of last year’s event, Harrington Brooks gathered together an array of industry figures across consumer credit, the police force, education and local stakeholders, to learn, challenge and debate to create better outcomes for those facing financial difficulty.
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‘More to do’ to support customers in vulnerable circumstances
Friday, 31 March 2017
The Money Advice Trust has today welcomed a report from the National Audit Office which calls for regulators and government to work closer together to improve support for vulnerable consumers.  The report –Vulnerable consumers in regulated industries – examines work on vulnerability by regulators in the financial services, energy, water and telecommunication sectors. 
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Open Water; time to sink or swim
Friday, 31 March 2017
As water moves to a competitive market on 1 April, Rebecca Hammond, Head of Utilities at Equifax, discusses the need for companies to adapt their strategies, and the lessons which can be learnt from the energy sector: “Following in the footsteps of the energy sector, companies in the business water market may find themselves with a rude awakening on 1 April; it’s time for business suppliers to sink or swim. 
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Trafford College Star Becomes Star Employee at the One Advice Group
Thursday, 30 March 2017
As part of the One Advice Group’s commitment to engaging with and encouraging local talent, we support students on the Career Ready programme at Trafford College. One Advice Group assists through its role on the College’s Local Advisory Board (LAB), made up of supporters from local businesses, lecturers and the Career Ready network. Last year, the Marketing department provided a month-long work experience placement for star pupil Brittany Peacock.
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