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Chris Pond appointed the new Chair of the LSB
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
The Lending Standards Board (LSB) today announced that Chris Pond will take over as Chair of the LSB at the end of March. He succeeds Lord Hunt of Wirral who has completed 6 years as LSB Chairman, recently overseeing the move from the Lending Code to the outcome-focused Standards of Lending Practice. 
StepChange Debt Charity response to insolvency statistics
Monday, 30 January 2017
Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of StepChange Debt Charity, said:  “Insolvencies are on the increase and consumer credit is hitting pre-financial crisis levels. We have also seen record numbers of people coming to us for debt advice in 2016.
Q4 UK GDP figures: Comment - Euler Hermes
Friday, 27 January 2017
Commenting on the Q4 UK GDP figures, Ana Boata, European economist at Euler Hermes, the world’s leading trade credit insurer, said:  “The UK economy exceeded the markets’ and our expectations at the end of last year thanks to the ever-important services sector, which remains in the vanguard of GDP growth. The resilience of the economy last year could encourage an increase in forecasts for 2017 growth from our current +0.9%.
FLA response to FCA consultation on future mission
Friday, 27 January 2017
Commenting on the FLA’s response to the FCA’s consultation on its future mission, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the FLA, said:   “Consumer credit firms now account for at least 35,000 of the 56,000 regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, so we agree it is time for the FCA to review both its Mission and how it applies its resources.
ThinCats responds to Carney's warning about internet-only lenders
Friday, 27 January 2017
Kevin Caley, Founder and Chairman of ThinCats comments: ”Mark Carney’s views that P2P may not be able to grow in a risk-free and sustainable way, due to issues such as leverage and liquidity mismatches, seem at odds with the very nature of the sector.
Marsden Building Society launch with Equity Release Club and AIR Sourcing
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Equity Release Club, the equity release and later life lending distributor, has today announced a new relationship with the Marsden Building Society. 
Gross Mortgage Lending - 2016 is 12% higher than 2015
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Responding to the CML release, Henry Woodcock, principal mortgage consultant at IRESS, said: “The market in September and October was steady with November seeing a 3% increase. December’s gross mortgage lending reached £20.4 billion in December. This is 4% lower than November (£21.2 billion) and 4% higher than December 2015. Overall, the estimated gross mortgage lending total for 2016 is £246 billion, a 12% increase on 2015’s £220 billion. This is the highest annual gross lending figure since 2008.
Investment required for Scottish Money Advice Services
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Creditfix, the UK’s largest personal insolvency practice is calling for an increase in funding for money advice services, following a reduction in spending of 15 per cent since 2014-15.  
Debt solutions in Scotland hold steady
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Latest figures from Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) show the number of people accessing Scottish statutory debt solutions has remained steady in the third quarter of 2016-17. 
Dollar UK Improves Key Metrics with Noble Cloud
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Noble Systems , a global leader in omnichannel contact centre technology solutions, is pleased to announce that Dollar UK have seen dramatic improvements to their contact centre key metrics following implementation of the Noble® Enterprise Cloud Solution.
MAS comment on Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s new research into financial capability
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Caroline Siarkiewicz, Head of Debt Advice for the Money Advice Service comments on Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s new research into financial capability and mental health: “This report highlights there is a strong link between mental health and money issues, from remembering pins and budgeting, through to more severe issues such as problem debt. The report calls on banks and financial institutions to do more for people living with mental health conditions, and the debt sector is well placed to provide such vital support. 52% of people who received debt advice from our services have a mental health condition and our debt advisers are experienced when it comes to working with these people.  
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