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Press release archive

This section contains details of older press releases featuring StepChange Debt Charity (formerly CCCS). Please click on the appropriate link below to view the article in full.


2014

Scotland has highest value of Council Tax arrears and payday loan debts in the UK - 17 December, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to announcement of new template for basic bank accounts - 15 December, 2014

Major gap in protections for people in debt - 10 December, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to new FCA credit broking rules - 1 December, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes government announcements on payday loan marketing - 27 November, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity appoints new head of media and public affairs- 27 November, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to FCA credit card market study- 26 November, 2014

Over 1.5 million more British women than men losing sleep over money worries - 17 November, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes Church of England savings clubs - 13 November, 2014 

Understanding the perspective of consumers struggling with debt and affordability – Mike O’Connor speech to FCA staff - 13 November, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to FCA payday loan price cap announcement - 11 November, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to insolvency statistics - 29 October, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to DCMS nuisance calls consultation - 27 October, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) payday loan proposals - 9 October, 2014

Problem debt costs the UK £8.3bn - 8 October, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity reaction to Wonga/FCA announcement - 2 October, 2014

Over 7 million Brits kept awake by money worries - 22 September, 2014

Chief executive Mike O'Connor makes speech to NEA conference - 17 September, 2014

Northern Ireland debt levels worryingly higher than UK average - 11 September, 2014

Payday loan problems still on the rise - 2 September, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to Financial Ombudsman Service findings - 19 August, 2014

Payday loan firms bombarding financially vulnerable customers - 22 July, 2014

Payday loan cap "not a silver bullet" - 15 July, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes FCA announcement on Dollar - 14 July, 2014

New payday rules welcome, but FCA should go further - 30 June, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity reaction to Wonga/FCA announcement - 25 June, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) figures - 17 June, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to CMA payday loan review - 11 June, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes FCA high-cost credit report - 5 June. 2014

Queen’s Speech a missed opportunity to deal with problem debt - 4 June, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to debt-management firm closure - 22 May, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes payday loan announcement - 13 May, 2014

Cardiff debt counsellor picks up prestigious award - 9 May, 2014

Former StepChange Debt Charity Chief Executive wins prestigious industry award - 9 May, 2014

Bullying, anxiety and going without – new research exposes true impact of debt on children - 8 May, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity comments on insolvency statistics - 29 April, 2014

Economic recovery failing to fix fragile household finances - 10 April, 2014

Bailiff changes “a small step in the right direction”, but problems remain - 4 April, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes FCA vulnerability report - 1 April, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to Nuisance Calls Action Plan - 30 March, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to BIS and FCA payday loan announcements – 24 March, 2014

Steep rise in debt problems due to council tax arrears - 13 March, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to Financial Conduct Authority review of debt collection practices - 12 March, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity responds to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) consumer credit rules - 28 February, 2014

Payday loan problems up 82 percent - 27 February, 2014

Statement by Francis McGee in response to Local Government Authority’s announcement on the Local Welfare Assistance (LWA) fund - 26 February, 2014

Insolvency statistics mask worrying debt picture - 7 February, 2014

Competition Commission Report Shows Extent of Payday Problem - 31 January, 2014

New Report Highlights Debt in Wales - 24 January, 2014

What does personal debt look like in the UK? Mike O'Connor's Debt Awareness Week keynote speech - 20 January, 2014

Debt Awareness Week launches with new survey findings - 20 January, 2014

StepChange Debt Charity response to announcement on payday lenders agreement on real-time data sharing - 15 January, 2014

Wales, Scotland and northern England hit worst by nuisance calls growth - 15 January, 2014

2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report into payday loans - 20 December, 2013

Welcome action on payday loan spam texts - 17 December, 2013

Urgent action needed on multiple payday loans - 12 December, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to Ofcom payday loan advertising findings - 10 December, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on nuisance calls - 5 December, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity responds to Tomorrow’s Borrowers: Personal Debt by 2025 - 28 November, 2013

StepChange Equity Release picks up major award - 27 November, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to Money Advice Service report - 27 November, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to payday loan announcement - 25 November, 2013

Francis McGee appointed director of external affairs - 21 November, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to Centre for Social Justice report - 20 November, 2013

Scotland leads UK in payday lending - 14 November, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes tougher rules for PPI firms - 13 November, 2013

Problems with payday loans are "endemic" - 5 November, 2013

Insolvency statistics indicate changing debt story - 1 November, 2013

TPS changes welcome, but wider reform needed - 31 October, 2013

APPG nuisance calls report shows “pressing need for action” - 30 October, 2013

The harm caused by nuisance calls and text messages - 29 October, 2013

Mike O’Connor appointed chief executive of StepChange Debt Charity - 23 October, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity scoops two awards - 04 October, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes FCA consultation - 03 October, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) report - 03 October, 2013

Inflation figures offer little relief for household budgets - 17 September, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity supports ICO call for nuisance call law changes - 10 September, 2013

High-cost borrowers most at risk of falling behind on essential bills - 5 September, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes move to restrict nuisance calls and texts - 15 August, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity response to ICO announcement - 8 August, 2013

Delroy Corinaldi moves on from StepChange Debt Charity - 5 August, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity reaction to insolvency statistics - 2 August, 2013

Further action needed on payday loans - 30 July, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes announcement on nuisance calls - 30 July, 2013

Payday loan debate highlights need for change - 12 July, 2013

New figures show payday loan problems continue to worsen, urgent action required - 11 July, 2013

Aviva report makes for “uncomfortable reading” - 10 July, 2013

People seeking online debt advice have higher debt levels than those calling helpline - 3 July, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes FCA announcement on Continuous Payment Authority - 28 June, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes OFT decision on payday loans - 27 June, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity identifies payday loan flashpoints for first time - 25 June, 2013

Young more likely to deal with their debt problems online than older generations - 18 June, 2013

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes parliamentary action on payday loans - 17 June, 2013

Charity launches new service to give struggling debtors breathing space - 17 June, 2013

Thousands go online to deal with their debt problems at the weekend - 14 June, 2013

Expanding access to affordable credit not a silver bullet - 12 June, 2013

Rise in single fathers struggling with debt - 12 June, 2013

Low income households increasingly turning to high cost credit - 11 June, 2013 

Over 10,000 have sought debt help in middle of the night this year - 10 June, 2013 

Low income households struggling to stay in their homes - 7 June, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity calls for OFT progress report - 31 May, 2013 

Rise in over 60s with dependent children - 28 May, 2013 

Clear action needed to address payday lending sector - 28 May, 2013 

Concern about fuel poverty among the over 60s - 21 May, 2013 

Debt and mental health problems affect tens of thousands - 15 May, 2013 

Payday lending industry must now take action - 15 May, 2013 

Rising numbers of over 60s facing homelessness - 14 May, 2013 

Survey reveals impact of debt on mental health and wellbeing - 13 May, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes new payday lending board - 13 May, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity wins ‘Debt Counsellor of the Year’ - 10 May, 2013 

Debt crisis for the over 60s - 8 May, 2013 

Charity sees doubling of numbers with payday loans - 7 May, 2013 

Personal insolvency decline welcome, but struggling households need breathing space - 3 May, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes FCA interest-only mortgage review - 2 May, 2013 

Self-employed racking up most problem debt - 1 May, 2013 

UK household crisis: Dramatic rise in families seeking help for utility bills, council tax and rent arrears - 23 April, 2013 

Figures highlight precarious financial position of households - 16 April, 2013 

Bank of Mum and Dad not as big as previously thought - 10 April, 2013 

Payday lenders must address widespread failings - 8 April, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity warns over increased borrowing - 3 April, 2013 

Council Tax change could worsen position of financially vulnerable - 28 March, 2013 

Welfare benefits increasingly important to struggling debtors - 26 March, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity calls for greater protection for financially vulnerable - 25 March, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity opposes increased use of charging orders by HMRC - 20 March, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes OFT action to revoke payday lender’s consumer credit licence - 19 March, 2013 

Big rise in TV licence debtors – over half a million pounds owed - 14 March, 2013 

Young struggling most with priority debts - 12 March, 2013 

High-cost catalogue debt rises sharply - 7 March, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes OFT findings on payday loan industry - 6 March, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes government action on payday loans - 6 March, 2013 

Young men least likely to seek debt help - 5 March, 2013 

Fergus Ewing MSP opens StepChange Debt Charity Scotland office in Glasgow - 5 March, 2013 

Payday loan problems grow fastest for under 25s - 27 February, 2013 

Generation debt: Unemployment leaving under-25s struggling with debt - 21 February, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes Scottish Government announcement on payday loans - 7 February, 2013 

Self-employed numbers rise, but charity raises concerns - 6 February, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity sees big rise in DROs, but warns over costs of rising demand - 1 February, 2013 

Charity sees steep rise in people seeking debt advice post ‘Blue Monday’ - 31 January, 2013 

Council tax reforms could exacerbate a worsening situation - 31 January, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity response to ONS Burden of Household Debt report - 28 January, 2013 

StepChange Debt Charity response to new rules on bailiffs - 25 January, 2013 

Head of StepChange Debt Charity Scotland appointed - 24 January, 2013 

Debt interest burden demolishing UK household incomes - 23 January, 2013 

Struggling strivers: Self-employed face highest debt burden - 22 January, 2013 

2012

StepChange Debt Charity founder and president awarded CBE - 31 December, 2012 

Dramatic rise in payday loan problems - 4 December, 2012

Self-employed most dependent on credit – and vulnerable to a problem debt cycle - 27 November, 2012

Working households struggling to meet basic cost of living - 22 November 2012

StepChange Debt Charity welcomes OFT findings on payday loan compliance - 20 November 2012

UK’s leading debt charity launches new brand - 5 November 2012

Age divide opens up over store cards (PDF) - 24 October 2012

Rise in multiple payday loans (PDF) - 17 October 2012

Overdraft debt on the rise (PDF) - 11 October 2012

Problem credit card debt in decline (PDF) - 2 October 2012

Baby blues: Maternity leaving poorest families with debt problems (PDF) - 29 August 2012

Economic uncertainty leaves families vulnerable on multiple fronts (PDF) - 28 August 2012

Middle-aged most likely to have debt problem as a result of injury or illness (PDF) - 13 August 2012

High number of insolvencies highlights need for good advice (PDF) - 3 August 2012

CCCS welcomes revised payday loan codes of practice but warns action must now follow words (PDF) - 25 July 2012

Warning over 'payday loans with no pay day' (PDF) - 23 July 2012

Out of love and into debt for 25 Britons each day (PDF) - 20 July 2012

CCCS welcomes new powers for OFT to immediately revoke consumer credit licences (PDF) - 19 July 2012

New trustees join CCCS Scotland board (PDF) - 27 June 2012

Male homeowners struggling more than women (PDF) - 25 June 2012

Rise in over-60s falling behind with their mortgage payments (PDF) - 18 June 2012

Sharp rise in council tax arrears despite freeze (PDF) - 11 June 2012

First-time homeowners steadying balance on property ladder - 6 June 2012

High rents forcing thousands into debt, warns charity (PDF) - 29 May 2012

CCCS response to BIS payday lending codes announcement (PDF) - 24 May 2012

From boomer to bust: Young branded 'baby-busters' as they feel the sharp edge of the economic downturn (PDF) - 23 May 2012

CCCS forecasts rise in personal insolvencies (PDF) - 4 May 2012

Debt problems divide London (PDF) - 2 May 2012

CCCS looks to develop strategic policy and partnership activity with two new appointments (PDF) - 30 April 2012

CCCS welcomes OFT guidance on misleading trading names (PDF) - 20 April 2012

Debt charity extends helpline hours and announces free calls from mobile phones (PDF) - 10 April 2012

Debt charity concerned about personal allowance freeze for over 65s (PDF) - 21 March 2012

'Swimming against the tide' - squeezed households owe less and spend less, but still struggle (PDF) - 14 March 2012

CCCS response to BIS committee report into debt management (PDF) - 7 March 2012

New analysis finds 'debt noose' tightening around UK households (PDF) - 27 February 2012

CCCS welcomes Money Advice Service approach on debt advice (PDF) - 22 February 2012

CCCS appoints Marketing Director to its leadership team (PDF) - 15 February 2012

'Alarming' North-South divide in Britons' household finances - 26 January 2012

Which? investigation highlights importance of free equity release advice (PDF) - 16 January 2012

 

2011

West Country identified as bankruptcy hub (PDF) - 12 December 2011

One in four 'urgently' need a financial plan, warns debt charity - 23 November 2011

CCCS recruits new Head of Creditor Relations (PDF) - 23 November 2011

Debt Management Plan partnership commences (PDF) - 21 November 2011

Unemployment driving young people into debt, warns charity (PDF) - 16 November 2011

Debt charity concerned about high number of redundancies (PDF) - 9 November 2011

CCCS warns against complacency and fears insolvency surge as 6.2million households remain financially vulnerable (PDF) - 4 November 2011

Over 400,000 people over the age of 70 struggling to make ends meet (PDF) - 3 November 2011

Higher debts, fewer assets - bleak future awaits younger Britons (PDF) - 2 November 2011

Debt charity welcomes OFT warning to debt collectors on Facebook and Twitter (PDF) - 19 October 2011

CCCSVA's Jackie Westerman wins Personal Insolvency Practitioner of the Year Award (PDF) - 7 October 2011

Leeds-based debt charity to take on 100 new staff as financial squeeze starts to bite (PDF) - 4 October 2011

Fewer people hiding debt from their partners (PDF) - 26 September 2011

Surprise tax bills could cause debt problems for pensioners (PDF) - 20 September 2011

Energy bills warning as almost a third of struggling debtors in fuel poverty (PDF) - 14 September 2011

Inbetweeners' debts spark call for financial education (PDF) - 5 September 2011

Online debt counselling tool celebrates fifth birthday - 2 September 2011

National debt charity creates partnerships team (PDF) - 1 September 2011

High demand for new form of debt relief in Northern Ireland - 22 August 2011

Charity warns of looming debt crisis for young people in Northern Ireland (PDF) - 18 August 2011

Single middle-aged female on a low income - and struggling to pay their mortgage (PDF) - 17 August 2011

Pensioners hit by 'double squeeze' of high inflation and crippling debt repayments (PDF) - 16 August 2011

Homelessness fears for almost three million renters (PDF) - 15 August 2011

Over five million households not saving enough (PDF) - 11 August 2011 

Credit-crunched debtors turn to friends and family (PDF) - 8 August 2011

CCCS Voluntary Arrangements (CCCSVA) releases half-year performance figures (PDF) - 2 August 2011

Debt problems driving growth in equity release (PDF) - 25 July 2011

Concern about debt burden of low income households - 25 July 2011

Busy times predicted for charities as 6.2 million households identified as financially vulnerable (PDF) - 25 July 2011

CCCS welcomes new debt advice coordination role for the Money Advice Service (PDF) - 19 July 2011

Trouble Ahead: 6.2 million households identified as financially vulnerable (PDF) - 13 July 2011

Debt charity's warning on care costs (PDF) - 4 July 2011

Struggling debtors work until Wednesday afternoon just to pay debts (PDF) - 6 June 2011

Charity says debt management fees "take people for a ride" (PDF) - 1 June 2011

Uneven impact of economic downturn exposed (PDF) - 24 May 2011

Benefits crucial to debt-burdened households warns charity (PDF) - 18 May 2011

CCCS not surprised more people depressed since economic downturn (PDF) - 7 April 2011

Debt charity warns of rise in mortgage arrears (PDF) - 6 April 2011

Family and friends key to raising awareness of free debt help (PDF) - 4 April 2011

Debt charity wins partnership award at industry’s ‘Oscars’ - (PDF) - 29 March  2011

London and Northern Ireland identified as UK’s problem debt hotspots (PDF) - 29 March 2011

Rising unemployment and high inflation will lead to debt crisis (PDF) - 28 March 2011

Malcolm Hurlston becomes President of CCCS (PDF) - 22 March 2011

Rise in families struggling with debt (PDF) - 15 March 2011

Low incomes fuelling bankruptcy (PDF) - 2 March 2011

CCCS says tough economic climate will intensify collaboration between charities (PDF) - 21 February 2011

CCCS warns of black hole of debt for unemployed (PDF) - 16 February 2011

Sharp rise in online debt counselling (PDF) - 14 February 2011

CCCS response to face-to-face debt advice funding announcement (PDF) - 12 February 2011

CCCS warns insolvency rise likely to continue (PDF) - 4 February 2011

CCCS comments on OFT debt management sector action (PDF) - 28 January 2011

Debt worries significant cause of depression on Blue Monday (PDF) - 13 January 2011

Self employed debtors less able to repay what they owe (PDF) - 12 January 2011

Debt charity launches new service for vulnerable people (PDF) - 11 January 2011

2010

CCCS Debt Dashboard Q3 2010 (PDF) - 21 December 2010

Debt charity launches guide to help those approaching retirement (PDF) - 20 December 2010

Online treatment to help debt and depression (PDF) - 13 December 2010

Lord Stevenson to Chair CCCS Scotland (PDF) - 26 November 2010

Debt charity wins equity release newcomer award (PDF) - 15 November 2010

Concern over welfare reform (PDF) - 11 November 2010

CCCS and Citizens Advice launch DMP provider partnership (PDF) - 11 November 2010

Letter to CCCS from Citizens Advice (PDF) - 10 November 2010

Debt problems leave more sleeping on the sofa (PDF) - 10 November 2010

CCCSVA Voluntary Arrangements (CCCSVA) releases figures for first nine months of 2010 (PDF) - 10 November 2010

First nationally regulated Money and Debt Advice qualifications receive accreditation (PDF) - 8 November 2010

Charity warns of need for free debt advice when toll of public sector cuts is felt (PDF) - 20 October 2010

Debt charity hails the “new prudence” (PDF) - 29 September 2010

CCCS concerned at consumer detriment uncovered by OFT review of debt management companies (PDF) - 28 September 2010

Latest CCCS budget guidelines published (PDF) - 13 September 2010

Charity figures show thousands of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance trapped by massive debts (PDF) - 6 September 2010

UK’s largest debt charity welcomes new advertising codes (PDF) – 1 September 2010

Half of self employed debtors unable to repay debts as people cut back on luxury services (PDF) - 25 August 2010

Rise in bereaved seeking help from debt charity (PDF) - 19 August 2010

Debt warning as CCCS responds to 21st Century Welfare paper (PDF) - 30 July 2010

CCCS Chair (PDF) - 30 July 2010

Charity says rising energy bills will lead to debt problems (PDF) - 28 July 2010

Survey reveals high human cost of debt problems (PDF) - 21 July 2010

Repossessions may increase in resurgent housing market (PDF) - 16 July 2010

Debt charity warns of widespread debt problems among retail staff (PDF) - 30 June 2010

CCCS response to new FSA mortgage arrears and sale-and-rent-back policy (PDF) - 25 June 2010

Debt charity sees rise in renters worried about eviction (PDF) - 25 June 2010

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