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From Jan 2016 onwards

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The northeast may be hit just as its economy is getting going - Bloomberg - 14 September 2018

We appear on Channel 5 News about the Help to Save scheme - Channel 5 News - 12 September 2018

'Help to Save' scheme finally launches to give people on low incomes a £1,200 cash boost - The Mirror - 12 September 2018

Help-to-save scheme is finally launched - The Guardian - 12 September 2018

If You're On A Low Income This New Bank Account Could Give You 50p For Every £1 Saved - Huffington Post - 12 September 2018

In debt? This step-by-step guide can help you sort out your finances - i News - 11 September 2018

Russell Lynch: Ten years on from Lehman we’re still minding the wage gap - Evening Standard - 7 September 2018

Problem debt costing economy £900m a year - Daily Mail - 6 September 2018

Debts to Government are a bigger problem for families than consumer loans and credit cards, NAO warns - The Telegraph - 6 September 2018

Government criticised over approach to personal debt - BBC News - 6 September 2018

Problem debt costs public finances £250m a year through extra strain on health and housing services, NAO says - Independent - 6 September 2018

Councils criticised for “intimidating” pursuit of unpaid bills - Financial Times (£) - 6 September 2018

8.3million people suffering because the Government doesn't understand how debt collection works - and the real impact of it - Mirror - 6 September 2018

UK consumer loans in July dip to slowest growth in three years - The Guardian - 30 August 2018

Iain Dale, The Whole Show - LBC Radio (listen to 'Is Wonga stopping loan applications a good or bad thing?' - 30 August 2018

Wonga’s woes spell the end of the payday-loan era - The Economist - 30 August 2018

BBC Radio 4 PM show - BBC Radio 4 (listen from 35 minutes, 27 seconds) - 29 August 2018

Interest rise leaves first-time buyers facing extra mortgage bill of £1,000 a year - The Telegraph - 18 August 2018

Wake Up To Money – BBC Radio 5 (listen from 34 minutes 55 seconds) – 3 August 2018

Bank warns of more rate rises - Metro - 3 August 2018

Bank of England raises interest rates 50% to highest level for a decade - and it could push thousands over the edge - Mirror - 3 August 2018

We need a clear plan to help those with severe problem debt - Evening Standard - 31 July 2018

Households risk debt crisis after splurge on credit cards - The Times (£) - 31 July 2018

Household debt in UK 'worse than at any time on record' - The Guardian - 27 July 2018

Trouble ahead as British household budgets are £900 in the red - The Times (£) - 27 July 2018

Hard-up families spending more than they earn for the first time since Margaret Thatcher  – The Mirror – 27 July 2018

UK families' debt SPIRALLING out of control as average household nearly £1,000 in the RED  – The Express – 27 July 2018

MPs rebuke councils for 'overzealous' use of bailiffs - The Guardian - 26 July 2018

Government bodies 'worst for aggressive debt collection' - BBC Online – 26 July 2018

Lifetime ISA's should be scrapped and households given help with mounting debt, say MPs – The Independent – 26 July 2018

Millions wiped off value of Amigo Loans after report in Times – The Times (£) – 17 July 2018

Is your partner keeping their debts secret? – The Times (£) – 4 July 2018

There is no such thing as free banking, warns City watchdog – 
The Times  – 28 June 2018

Banks make the most profit from vulnerable customers with large overdraft balances – 
The Sun  – 28 June 2018

Link between mental health issues and problem debt must be broken – 
The Independent  – 20 June 2018

Safety nets needed to prevent vulnerable people from debt – Credit Connect  – 20 June 2018

One in five people struggling with problem debts suffer from a mental health or physical illness or have been bereaved – This Is Money  – 20 June 2018

Mental and physical health issues mean you're far more likely to be in poverty –
The Mirror  – 20 June 2018

People living in urban areas have £1,000 more debt than those in the countryside –
The Sun  – 20 June 2018

Overdrafts more expensive than payday loans – The Financial Times (£)  – 23 May 2018

‘Sky high’ overdraft charges cost seven times more than payday loans – The Times  – 23 May 2018

The government's crackdown on loan sharks – BBC Victoria Derbyshire (watch from 1 hour 22 minutes)  – 25 April 2018

A StepChange client's experience with debt and how they were helped by the charity – ITV News Calendar  – 5 April 2018

You & Yours Debt Special – BBC Radio 4  – 2 April 2018

Problem debt is at "epidemic levels" - The help that's out there – The Mirror  – 21 March 2018

We must end exploitative lending practices and make credit fair for those who need it – Huffington Post – 21 March 2018

How to get out of debt in eight steps – and get advice for free – The Sun (rent-to-own campaign launch) – 18 March 2018

Millions of Britons in severe debt face more pain from BOE hikes – Bloomberg –16 March 2018

Debt triggered by divorce and reduncancy, StepChange reveals – Credit-Connect – 16 March 2018

Credit lending levels 'close to 2008 peak', regulator says – The Yorkshire Post – 15 March 2018

Debt charity says more than 600,000 people sought help last year – The Guardian – 14 March 2018

Debt worries emerge from break-ups – BBC News  – 14 March 2018

Debt problems rising amongst under-25s –The Money Pages –14 March 2018

UK credit card debt rises 10% in January – Financial Times – 2 March 2018

House prices fall as incomes are squeezed  – The Times  – 2 March 2018

‘Sharp rebound’ in mortgage approvals for home buyers  – Daily Mail  – 2 March 2018

Credit card debt: Deadline set for new rules  – BBC News – 27 February 2018

Government urged to give those with debt problems a year's grace  – The Guardian – 26 February 2018

Lloyds Bank is banning credit card customers from buying Bitcoin – Shortlist – 5 February 2018

The pensioners who are £30,000 in credit card debt: Don't suffer in silence, follow our tips to get back in the black – Daily Mail – 6 February 2018

Debt charities warn that fake ads on Google make it harder for those struggling to get help – The Sun – 16 January 2018

Banks should end unplanned overdraft charges, charity says – BBC News – 6 December 2017

PM Programme – BBC Radio 4 (listen from 12 minutes) – 3 November 2017 

"Breathing space": Government plans six-week interest holiday for people with problem debt – City AM  – 24 October 2017

Tough calls: on the debt crisis frontline with charity StepChange – The Guardian – 20 September 2017

Britain's debt timebomb: FCA urges action over £200bn crisis – The Guardian – 18 September 2017

Third party deductions - the DWP policy that's pushing people into hardship and debt – The Mirror – 14 September 2017

A million people forced deeper into debt just to pay their bills - where to find help – The Mirror – 20 July 2017

Debt fears remain despite manifesto 'breathing space' plans – BBC News – 23 May 2017

Struggling credit card holders could see fees and charges waived – The Guardian – 3 April 2017

FCA: Credit card interest could be waived for those with severe debt – Financial Times – 3 April 2017

Credit card interest 'could be waived' for longstanding debt – BBC News – 3 April 2017

Three million have card debts they cannot repay: Banks are accused of exploiting customers as watchdog announces tough measures to tackle the crisis – Daily Mail – 3 April 2017

Debt-binge Britons stick £20million a day on credit cards: Plastic spending soars at fastest rate for 11 years leading to fears of a fresh crisis as we now owe £67 BILLION – Daily Mail – 30 March 2017

Today Programme – BBC Radio 4 (listen from 21 minutes) – 30 March 2017

£66.7billion credit card debt binge is probed by the Bank of England over fears it could crash the economy – Daily Mail – 30 March 2017

Bank orders loans review as consumer debt rises – The Times – 28 March 2017

UK debt charity says demand for help hits record high – Daily Mail – 28 March 2017

Money Doctor: Government-backed debt scheme could help ease money worries – Daily Record – 17 March 2017

Bailiffs should face a crackdown: There are too many bad apples in the industry – Independent – 15 March 2017

Harsh and unfair tactics used by some bailiffs are pushing more people into debt, charities warn - Daily Mail – 14 March 2017

Bailiff industry still problematic, say charities – The Guardian – 14 March 2017

How bailiffs skirt the law and unfairly target vulnerable families – Daily Mirror – 14 March 2017

Some bailiffs 'still abusing powers', debt charities say – BBC News – 14 March 2017

Credit bubble fears as British drivers borrow £32billion to buy more than two million new cars in a year – Daily Mail – 11 March 2017

Shocking statistics reveal families in East Kilbride struggling with soaring levels of debt – Daily Record – 11 March 2017

Credit card debt reaches record high of £66bn after families borrow £339m on plastic in January – Daily Mail – 2 March 2017

MPs call for independent inquiry into bank overdraft charges and slam City watchdog for failing customers – Daily Mail 24 February 2017

WORSE THAN WONGA. The banks that charge more for an overdraft than a payday loan exposed – The Sun – 8 February 2017

Banks charging up to £180 fees on £100 borrowing, Which? finds – Daily Mail – 8 February 2017

Short-term lending isn’t black and white: make sure you read the small-print – The Spectator – 8 February 2017

The One Show – BBC One – 7 February 2017 (from 5 minutes 35 seconds)

'Saving money is pointless' – Independent – 2 February 2017

Tesco, housing, motor insurance and debt – The Spectator – 2 February 2017

PENSIONS CRISIS: Older workers fearing POVERTY-stricken retirement because lack of savings – Daily Express – 2 February 2017

DEBT WARNING. More people are going bust as credit card and personal loan borrowing soars – The Sun – 27 January 2017

Rachel Reeves MP calls for action to tackle ‘sky high’ overdraft charges – Yorkshire Post – 20 January 2017

'It's a financial cliff edge': how Britain fell back in love with credit cards – The Guardian – 11 January 2017

The six ways to be richer and more secure in 2017 – The Times – 7 January 2017

BBC Radio 4 You and Yours – BBC Radio 4 - 5 January 2017 (from 11 minutes 15 seconds)

Debt, fuel costs, wealth and pensions - The Spectator - 5 January 2017

Warning as credit card debt hits a £66.7bn high: Families borrowing growing at the fastest rate for 12 years – Daily Mail - 5 January 2017

UK credit binge approaching levels not seen since 2008 crash – The Guardian - 4 January 2017

Britain's borrowing binge puts millions at risk – how to stay safe – The Mirror - 4 January 2017

British shoppers splurge as debt grows at fastest pace since boom year of 2005 – The Telegraph - 4 January 2017

Household debt rises to post-credit crunch high – BBC News - 4 January 2017

Overdid it at Christmas? Six ways to beat a debt hangover and start getting your finances back into shape – The Mail Online - 31 December 2016

Watchdog slams firms for not doing enough to help those who slip into debt –  City AM - 13 December 2016

Credit crunch: Household debt is rising just as the economy's future is uncertain – Daily Telegraph – 10 December 2016

The invisible credit card of the future – BBC News – 4 December 2016

Debt warning as amount of cash owed by families grows at fastest rate in 11 years – The Sun – 30 November 2016

Warning on the UK's colossal credit binge after amount owed on credit cards, loans and overdrafts soars by 11% to £190 BILLION – Daily Mail – 29 November 2016

BBC Radio 5 Live Drive – 29 November 2016 (from 51 minutes)

Shop around to avoid racking up a catalogue of pricey debt – The Observer – 28 November 2016

'I don't want to get punched in the head for a cheap toaster': ONLINE retailers enjoy record Black Friday sales as millions of shoppers switch to the web to avoid battles on Britain's High Streets – Daily Mail - 25 November 2016

Black Friday 2016: Experts warn shoppers of FAKE DEALS and overspending – Daily Express – 25 November 2016

No bun fights please, we're British – Independent - 22 November 2016

Warning on the UK's colossal credit binge after amount owed on credit cards, loans and overdrafts soars by 11% to £190 BILLION – Daily Mail – 20 November 2016

Benefits, tax, rates, investing … will the autumn statement make a difference? – The Observer – 19 November 2016

25 texts and emails a day: how payday loan firms hound vulnerable borrowers – The Guardian – 12 November 2016

This is how to complain about a payday loan if you've been mistreated by a lender – Daily Mirror - 11 November 2016

Time to breathe: Why debtors need a break – Credit Strategy – 10 November 2016

Thousands still struggling with payday loan debts – Daily Mail – 9 November 2016

Higher inflation and rising debt threaten millions in UK – The Observer – 5 November 2016

Overruled! It turns out you CAN force banks to cap overdraft fees – Daily Mirror – 3 November 2016

You and Yours – BBC Radio 4 – 4 November 2016

Relief at last from eye-watering overdraft charges? Watchdog probes fees that sting millions every month – Daily Mail – 3 November 2016

Bank overdraft cap could be re-examined, says FCA – BBC News – 3 November 2016

Regulator accused of letting down poorer bank customers – BBC News – 1 November 2016

Credit card debt grows at fastest rate since the financial crash: Households put anther £500m on plastic last month - bringing debt total to £66bn – Daily Mail – 1 November 2016

Growth in debt fastest since the crash: Record low interest rates fuelling biggest credit binge in a decade – Daily Mail – 28 October 2016

The overdrafts worse than payday loans that trap people in a debt spiral - and how to beat them – Daily Mirror – 24 October 2016

You and Yours – BBC Radio 4 – 24 October 2016

5 Live Daily – 5 Live (2 hours, 25 minute mark) – 24 October 2016

Dispatches – Channel 4 - 24 October 2016

Fears of a new debt binge after First Direct bank offers borrowers loans of up to £50,000 with no collateral – Daily Mail – 16 October 2016

Money Box Live: Can children's attitudes to money shape their adult financial lives? – BBC Radio 4 – 12 October 2016

Pressure mounts to cap runaway overdraft charges – Independent – 12 October 2016

Pressure mounts on FCA to introduce overdraft cap – City AM – 12 October 2016

Friends before food: why technology is more important than groceries for the cash-strapped – The Independent – 28 September 2016

Don’t let basic bank accounts go begging through ignorance – The Scotsman – 24 September 2016

Money Box – BBC Radio 4 – 10 September 2016

Charity deluged with 300,000 calls between January and June from people seeking help with debt – Daily Mail – 6 September 2016

Borrowing from friends and family can have serious consequences – The Spectator – 2 September 2016

Millions of families living in 'extreme debt' as loan costs spiral and wages are squeezed – Daily Mirror – 27 August 2016

More than 1.5m UK households in extreme debt, says TUC report – The Guardian – 23 August 2016

Collapse in pay value sees more than 1.5 million families in extreme debt – Daily Mail – 23 August 2016

Subprime lenders see silver lining after Brexit – Daily Mail – 21 July 2016

Payday lenders face Google ads ban – BBC World Service – 13 July 2016

Six million people pestered with nuisance calls every day – The Times – 13 July 2016

Call for cold-calling ban on loans – BBC News – 13 July 2016

The dangerous phone calls that can cost you thousands – Daily Mirror – 13 July 2016

Today marks 50 years of credit cards in the UK: Here are 15 facts you never knew about your flexible friend – Daily Mail – 29 June 2016

50 years on: How credit cards changed our relationship with money – BBC News – 27 June 2016

Credit unions helping bridge financial gaps – Herald Scotland – 12 June 2016

Lenders are forcing people into a vicious cycle of deepening debt – The Spectator – 10 June 2016

Runaway debt levels expose 14 million Brits to grave new financial risks – Independent – 3 June 2016

The sneaky card trick that banks use to push thousands of us deeper into debt – Daily Mirror – 3 June 2016

The 'gift' from your credit card that pushes you into debt: Unrequested credit limit increases harming borrowers, warns charity – Daily Mail – 3 June 2016

UK borrowing rises at fastest rate in more than a decade - The Guardian - 29 June 2016

Council tax bailiffs should be called off, say charities – BBC News – 4 May 2016

Record numbers of people in council tax arrears, say charities - The Guardian - 4 May 2016

Concern over use of bailiffs to chase council tax debts – Daily Mail - 4 May 2016

You and Yours - Debt and mental illness – BBC Radio 4 – 3 May 2016

Fears of households over-stretching on borrowing as consumer credit grows – Daily Mail – 29 April 2016

Consumer credit rises at fastest pace for 11 years – The Guardian – 29 April 2016

HISTORY REPEATING? Fears of ANOTHER financial crisis as borrowing reaches 11-year high – Daily Express – 29 April 2016

8 things that stop us saving - and how you can beat them – Daily Mirror – 8 April 2016

Single parents increasingly struggling with debt, says charity – The Guardian – 4 April 2016

Struggling generation rent is being driven into debt - The Guardian – 4 April 2016

Is government's Help to Save scheme a 'mis-selling' scandal waiting to happen? Former pensions minister thinks so... - Daily Mail – 16 March 2016

The vital role of credit unions in providing access to low-cost finance – The Guardian – 16 March 2016

Help To Save like 'stealing someone's car and offering them a lift to the bus stop', Labour says – The Independent – March 14 2016

Debt Buster: Misery for millions – new report shows scale of Brits crippled by credit – Daily Star - 13 March 2016

Debt management firm shut down after widespread errors as watchdog cracks down on the consumer credit market – The Daily Mail - 10 March 2016

Credit cards are pushing people into damaging long-term debt – The Independent – 9 March 2016

Fears of a debt boom as number of credit card borrowers asking for help soars 40% in four years – Daily Mail – 9 March 2016

Credit cards are pushing people into damaging long-term debt – The Independent – 9 March 2016

Millions use credit as a 'safety net' to meet everyday living costs - and two in five would struggle to raise £500 for a one-off buy – The Daily Mail – 29 February 2016

High cost of 'buy now, pay later': how catalogue debt adds up – The Guardian – 26 February 2016

It’s time to give everyone a push towards saving for a rainy day (behind paywall) – The Times – 24 February 2016

BT cracks down on cold callers with a breakthrough service to divert 25million nuisance calls a week to junk voicemail – Daily Mail – 11 February 2016

Low interest rates cost savers £160BILLION and spark yet another debt binge – Daily Express – 04 February 2016

Debt 'breathing space' called for to help families in crisis – Daily Mail – 03 February 2016

Households put another £4.4BILLION on credit cards and personal loans in December as debt rises at fastest pace in a decade – Daily Mail – 01 February 2016

Debt map of Britain revealed: The areas of the UK where households are most likely to seek advice over problem debts – Daily Mail – 25 January 2016

'Drowning' in debt as personal borrowing tops £180bn – BBC News – 20 January 2016

Councils' 2016 plans to slash welfare ‘leave poorest families on knife edge’ – Daily Mirror – 12 January 2016

Consumer debt climbing out of control, charities warn – The Independent – 4 January 2016

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