CCR Magazine

CSA Top Banner
You are here  :Home arrow News arrow Debt charity welcomes review of GP charges for debt evidence form
Contact Us Newsletter Signup RSS Feeds

Latest News Headlines

Headlines

 
Commercial Credit News

Headlines

 
Debt charity welcomes review of GP charges for debt evidence form PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2017
The Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, has today welcomed an expected commitment from the Prime Minister to review GP charges for the Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form.  The form enables people with mental health and debt problems to access additional support from their creditors, such as freezing interest payments and other forbearance measures. 

The announcement of a government review is due to be made in a speech by the Prime Minister this morning, and follows a campaign led by the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute, backed by the Money Advice Trust and 13 other charities.

An investigation by Money & Mental Health found that one in three people who asked their GP for the Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form ended up being charged – with typical costs ranging from £20 to £50, and some far higher.

Joanna Elson OBE, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said: “Debt and mental health problems can often go hand in hand – and the fact that people have had to pay their GP for this paperwork has been a long-running injustice. This news offers some hope that this can finally be put to an end.

“We welcome this review, and hope that a solution can be found so that no customers in vulnerable circumstances end up paying for the paperwork they need to access additional support. Martin Lewis and the team at Money and Mental Health have worked extremely hard to secure this important step forward, and we look forward to continuing to support the campaign as the review takes place.

“In the meantime, we are encouraged that creditors are continuing to invest in improving outcomes for customers in vulnerable circumstances. Demand for the Money Advice Trust’s training on vulnerability has never been higher, and we are working hard to spread this best practice further.”

The Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form was developed by the Money Advice Liaison Group (MALG), with support from the advice sector, mental health charities and credit industry.

News of the review comes at a time when the issue of vulnerability more widely is high on the agenda in the wake of the FCA’s Occasional Paper and the report of the British Bankers’ Association’s Vulnerability Taskforce, chaired by Money Advice Trust chief executive Joanna Elson OBE.
 
Enghouse Side Banner

CSA side

 Forums International Ltd

Forums International Ltd

 Attendance at your first meeting is free of charge, and please quote reference 'CCR2016' to receive the special 10% discount off of your first annual subscription.

Find out more here.

latest issue

CCR Cover

The latest edition of CCR Magazine, the leading editorial publication in the UK credit industry, is out.

Read the latest issue online

CSA

subscriptions

CCR is the premier magazine for consumer and credit professionals. It provides an independent voice to the industry, breaking major news stories and running in-depth features.

As a magazine, it works with and campaigns on behalf of the credit industry to promote its importance as a centre of potential profit and business development to the wider business world.

Subscribe to CCR Magazine

CCR World Magazine


 

Providing information and analysis for thousands of senior credit professionals worldwide, every quarter.

Find out more

GTS Media Ltd
81 Cambridge Road
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS1 1EP

Registered in England No: 05483197