Tag: CCJ

Bailiffs return but are told not to shout

A report from BBC News has reported Bailiffs that are resuming operations in England and Wales are being told to keep their voices down to protect against coronavirus transmission. They will be chasing unpaid council tax after a five-month suspension. Debt charities have warned of a surge in cases, prompting financial and health risks. But…




How to approach rental arrears in a COVID world

In the wake of COVID-19, local councils and housing providers have been jolted into finding new ways of delivering services and interacting with their tenants – especially when it comes to income collection and rent arrears. Increasingly, we’re seeing providers employ innovative strategies while moving from debt recovery to support provision. Behavioural insights tell us…




What cash flow support is available for businesses impacted by Coronavirus?

HMRC coronavirus helpline If you are concerned about cashflow or tax, HMRC have set up a helpline for businesses worried about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus. HMRC will discuss your specific circumstances to explore: agreeing an instalment arrangement suspending debt collection proceedings cancelling penalties and interest where you have administrative…




‘Buy now, pay later’ credit options pushing consumers into high-cost debt

Buy now, pay later loans have been around for many years, but recent deals have been accused of pushing young consumers into unaffordable debt. Buy now, pay later credit allows consumers to acquire items without paying for them upfront, instead they spread the cost over a set period of time. Sometimes referred to as shop…




What is the difference between bad debt and doubtful debt?

Knowing the difference between bad debt and doubtful debt can help to prevent financial loss to your business. Today’s uncertain economic climate is having a negative effect on UK business payment practices, with a recent study finding that 35% of invoices remain overdue on their due date. Late or non-payment of an invoice is an…




Consumers vulnerable to aggressive debt collection if their energy supplier goes bust

Customers who owe money to energy suppliers are left vulnerable to aggressive debt collection companies if their supplier goes bust. Since January 2018, 11 energy suppliers have collapsed, including Gen4U, One Select, Future Energy, Spark Energy, Brilliant Energy and National Gas and Power. This has left at least 32,000 customers in debt and at risk…




6m Brits would pay for financial advice if it was cheaper

A study has found that almost 6m British adults would be willing to pay for financial advice if it was more affordable. As both households and businesses in the UK face a debt crisis, the results of a study suggest that many people are not getting access to the financial advice they require. The report,…




What is the government’s ‘breathing space’ scheme?

The government’s ‘breathing space’ scheme could offer those in debt a valuable 60 day respite period to seek help and get their finances in order. The breathing space scheme, also known as the debt respite scheme, was first announced by the government in October 2017. The scheme is intended to give people time to get…




3 steps to determining a customer’s creditworthiness

If you supply customers with a product or service, then offering a credit facility is a great selling point, but it doesn’t come without its risks. Whilst it is impossible to completely safeguard yourself from non-paying customers, it pays to have a system in place for checking a company’s credentials before you commit to working…




CCJs Issued Against Businesses on The Rise Again

After a long period when the number of CCJs issued against businesses was in decline, the third quarter saw a sharp increase. This suggests that companies are currently far more willing to take their claims as far as a CCJ than they have been for quite some time. 32,629 business CCJs were issued in the…