Category: Debt Charities

UK households resort to ‘buy now pay later’ loans to cover energy bills

UK households struggling with surging energy costs are being tempted into “buy now, pay later” financing schemes to spread out payments on their electricity and gas bills as the cost of living crisis deepens, according to consumer groups. The warning signs are clear that people have been forced to take desperate measures as they struggle with…




Bailiffs accused of strong-arm tactics in UK

When the first lockdown was in effect, bailiffs were forbidden from coming to your home. This went on for a whole year until April 2021 when they resumed their visits with members of The Civil Enforcement Association conducting over 1 million worth between September 2020 and its end! The number of people seeking aid from…




Christmas Shopping Debt

Christmas shopping to leave Brits with four months of debt The average Brit gets into £439 of debt over the Christmas period, which can take four months to recover from. According to debt management company Lowell, more than a fifth (22 per cent) of British consumers are feeling pressure to spend beyond their means this…




Warning as millions of taxpayers owe money to HMRC – are you affected?

TAX debt is now more than double pre-pandemic levels with the National Audit Office (NAO) today warning the HMRC may struggle in dealing with the workload of collection. Up to 2.4 million taxpayers are thought to be in debt to HMRC since the pandemic with a total debt of £42billion in September according to the…




Eviction rights explained as notice periods for tenants is slashed

Eviction notice periods are being reduced as notice periods return to pre-pandemic levels. We explain what this means and your rights if you’ve been asked to leave your home. Eviction notices are being slashed as temporary measures in place to protect tenants return to pre-pandemic levels. Extra support was put in place during the Covid…




Payment holidays are due to end on October 31, but there is still a way to get financial support

Martin Lewis urges people with debt to apply for a payment holiday before the support ends in a few days. Martin Lewis has issued an urgent warning to anyone across the UK struggling with their finances due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Writing in the latest edition of the MoneySavingExpert.com newsletter, the consumer champion had…




The pros and cons of taking legal action against late paying customers

With two in five small business owners (40%) saying that they are taking legal action against customers not paying them on time, we consider the pros and cons of taking legal action to recover what’s owed. According to new research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance, three in five small businesses are affected by late payments (62%)….




What tax relief can be claimed on bad debts?

Write-off bad debt and claim bad debt relief to avoid paying tax on income that you have not received. Most businesses will eventually encounter a non-paying customer, especially during today’s difficult economic climate. Bad debts can be very damaging to businesses of all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to minimise your losses by claiming…




Are You Struggling with Pre-Action Protocol? We Can Help

It has now been more than a year since the Debt Pre-Action Protocol was rolled out to a less than enthusiastic reception from anyone who has had to chase debtors. The new rules meant that debt recovery was about to get a lot harder in cases where people have been able to exploit obvious loopholes….




Should You Use Social Media To Get Your Invoices Paid?

There is little doubt that social media has brought about revolutionary changes in the way we communicate with each other. Even the US president uses it as a way to communicate his thoughts about other world leaders and the issues of the day so does that mean it’s ok for business owners to use it…