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In this section you'll find the most recent media coverage of our campaign work as well as appearences on radio and television by our policy advocates and clients.

Click on the most recent headlines below to view the articles or play the broadcasts in full. Can't find what you're looking for? Check our archives for coverage from 2017 onwards.

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December

 Is Klarna’s Buy-Now-Pay-Later Service Encouraging Young People To Get Into Debt?

Gadgette - 10 December 2018
Peter Tutton, our head of policy, says credit should never be marketed as a flippant thing or something easy and convenient.

 Martin Lewis: Trapped by debt? Money Saving Expert reveals top tip to solve debt problems

Express - 10 December 2018
Martin Lewis recommends getting in touch with us, or other advice providers.

 Money: Take steps now to avoid New Year festive debt trap

The Sunday Post - 8 December 2018
People are being tipped into debt by festive spending – we share advice on surviving the festive season.

 Northumbrian Water commits to eradicate water poverty by 2030

Water Briefing - 6 December 2018
We work with Northumbrian Water, providing all-round support and solutions to overcome the challenges of debt.

 Mum-of-three feels trapped by £8,355 high-cost credit debt and poverty premium

The Sun - 5 December 2018
This story is backed up by our estimate that 1.4million lower-income households resorted to high-cost credit in the last year.

 Self-employed workers are struggling with debt according to reports

NE Connected - 6 December 2018
Our data is quoted: self-employed carry four times as much debt as those that are employed full-time.

November

 Credit card borrowing slows as economic fears grow

Your Money - 30 November 2018
Peter Tutton, head of policy, comments on the latest credit statistics released by the Bank of England.

 StepChange comments on latest Bank of England Money & Credit data

CCR Magazine - 30 November 2018
The charity's views on the latest Bank of England and Credit report.

 Annual growth of consumer credit slows

Credit Connect - 30 November 2018
Our response to the latest Bank of England and Credit report.

 IN THE RED Mum plans to go bankrupt due to £20k debts

Scottish Sun - 30 November 2018
We are recommended as a source of debt advice in this account of a woman's money problems creating a stir on the Mumsnet forum.

 Ministry of Justice issues call for evidence over bailiff reforms

Credit Strategy - 28 November 2018
Coverage of our long-running campaign for bailiff reform.

 5 expert tips to avoid a Christmas debt hangover

Daily Mail - 26 November 2018
Sue Anderson from our Media Affairs team shares tips, as we often see a surge in cries for help around new year.

 High hopes for rent-to-own clampdown but experts warn UK’s poorest will still struggle

Independent - 23 November 2018
“The most financially vulnerable households cannot be left with no choice but the highest price on the high street." Peter Tutton, head of policy, is quoted.

 FCA double whammy crackdown on rent-to-own price caps is welcome, says StepChange

CCR Magazine - 23 November 2018
Our response to the FCA's announcement about the rent-to-own sector.

 FCA puts forward rent-to-own price cap

Credit Strategy- 23 November 2018
Peter Tutton, head of policy, shares his thoughts on the FCA announcement about measures being taken on rent-to-own.

 Reducing the impact of financial worries

FT Adviser - 22 November 2018
What to do if you think one of your employees is struggling with debt. It's recommended you refer them to us for advice.

 New report on debt and housing in the private rented sector

Ekklesia - 19 November 2018
The government should review the suitability of the private rented sector for housing vulnerable people - article based on our 'Locked Out' housing report.

 How to teach your children about the value of money

i News - 16 November 2018
Two thirds of people who contacted us in the first half of 2018 were under 40.

 Let’s ban the bailiffs who terrorise disabled people

Yorkshire Post - 15 November 2018
Rule-breaking bailiffs are causing stress, anxiety and financial hardship, according to research published by Citizens Advice and StepChange.

 Landlords forcing people in debt to pay more to rent - your rights

The Mirror - 15 November 2018
The private rented sector is not meeting the housing needs of people with vulnerabilities and debt problems - article based on our 'Locked Out' housing report.

 Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

Letting Agent Today- 15 November 2018
The private rented sector is not meeting the housing needs of people with vulnerabilities and debt problems - article based on our 'Locked Out' housing report.

 Private rented sector not meeting needs of those in problem debt, says charity

Letting Agent Today- 15 November 2018
People often experienced a “debt premium” in the form of paying higher deposits as well as needing guarantors, while some put up with problems because of the worry of eviction - article based on our 'Locked Out' housing report.

 Private rented sector not meeting needs of those in problem debt, says charity

Press Association (Aol) - 15 November 2018
Article based on our 'Locked Out' housing report.

October

 Budget 2018: Interest-free loans to ease payday debt

The Times (£) - 30 October 2018
Richard Lane, director of external affairs, is quoted in this article about the Budget.

 Everything that’s missing from the new plan

The Mirror - 30 October 2018
Richard Lane, director of external affairs, is quoted in this article about the Budget.

 The end of payday loans? Hammond launches assault on lenders with no interest loans

The Daily Mail - 30 October 20108
Richard Lane, director of external affairs, is quoted in this article about the Budget.

 Chancellor gives people in debt new 60-day “breathing space” but here are 8 bills bailiffs can still case you for

The Mirror - 30 October 2018
We're quoted about having seen a surge in people seeking help to pay for energy bills.

 Chancellor unveils raft of measures designed to tackle problem debt

The Herald - 30 October 2018
The measures were broadly welcomed by Richard Lane of StepChange Debt Charity.

 Budget: Government to tackle payday lending with no-interest loan scheme

Financial Reporter - 30 October 2018
Richard Lane, director of external affairs, discusses our campaigns for a no-interest loan scheme.

 Easy-access pensions key to boosting women’s savings

Financial Reporter - 30 October 2018
Vikki Brownridge, director of charity development discusses the impact on our clients.

 StepChange introduces new strategy to double the number of people to help by 2022

International Finance - 29 October 2018
Review of our new four-year strategy that sets out an ambition to double the number of people we can help by 2022, and for the first time, launch an early intervention services.

 Interest-free loans: Hammond's plan to solve problem debt

The Guardian - 28 October 2018
Around one in seven people across Britain borrowed money to meet a household need last year - figures are from our high-cost credit report.

 BBC Radio 4 Money Box

BBC Radio 4 - 28 October 2018
Discussion about the FCA credit card rules

 Millions hounded with bailiffs - the shocking and unacceptable Government practices that break its own rules on debt

Mirror - 18 October 2018
Almost a third of those responsible for paying council tax are in arrears when they seek help with debt

 Fuel bills and council tax pushing people into debt the fastest - charity warns "concerning" bill rises are ruining lives

Daily Mirror - 4 October 2018
Our latest personal debt statistics are reported, with a comment from our CEO, Phil Andrew.

 Surge in number of people falling behind with council tax and energy bills as households feel the strain, charity warns

The Sun - 4 October 2018
Our latest report covered in the Sun highlights how many families are behind on the basics.

 Number of people struggling to pay council tax and energy bills and relying on payday loans is on the rise, debt charity warns

Daily Mail - 4 October 2018
Our latest personal debt statistics are featured, highlighting how many of our clients are turning to high cost credit.

 Three-year low in borrowing as Brits rein in spending on cards, overdrafts and more

Mirror- 02 October 2018
Peter Tutton, our Head of Policy comments on consumer lending trends.


September

 Debt charity plots tech revamp

Charity Digital News - 27 September 2018
Stepping forward: Our four year strategy aimed at helping more people and reaching people sooner is covered with a comment from our CEO, Phil Andrew.

 BBC Radio 4 File on Four Debt Killed My Dad

BBC Radio 4 - 26 September 2018
File on Four investigates what lead to Nigel Hurst's suicide after falling behind on his council tax and applying for bankruptcy.

 Buy now, pay later — the new debt trap for millennials?

Financial Times (£) - 21 September 2018
Peter Tutton, our Head of Policy comments on how credit is being marketed to young consumers.

 The northeast may be hit just as its economy is getting going

Bloomberg - 14 September 2018
Our Head of Policy, Peter Tutton comments on the rising levels of debt affecting households across the UK.

 Help to save launch

Channel 5 News - 12 September 2018
We appear on Channel 5 News about the launch of the new government backed Help to Save scheme.

 'Help to Save' scheme finally launches to give people on low incomes a £1,200 cash boost

The Mirror - 12 September 2018
Our CEO, Phil Andrew comments on how important it is for lower income households to have a savings safety net.

 Help-to-save scheme is finally launched

The Guardian - 12 September 2018
The Guardian report highlights our policy work around the Help to Save Scheme.

 If You're On A Low Income This New Bank Account Could Give You 50p For Every £1 Saved

Huffington Post - 12 September 2018
Phil Andrew comments on the value Help to Save could bring to our clients and why we support the scheme.

 In debt? This step-by-step guide can help you sort out your finances

i News - 11 September 2018
Our Direct of External affairs, Richard Lane, offers a step-by-guide on what to do if you're in debt.

 Russell Lynch: Ten years on from Lehman we’re still minding the wage gap

Evening Standard - 7 September 2018
Our latest report, London in the Red is covered.

 Problem debt costing economy £900m a year

Daily Mail - 6 September 2018
Our CEO, Phil Andrew, comments on how the government debt collection practices.

 Debts to Government are a bigger problem for families than consumer loans and credit cards, NAO warns

The Telegraph - 6 September 2018
Our insight into debts with local authorites are reported.

 Government criticised over approach to personal debt

BBC News - 6 September 2018
Our research into how people in debt are treated by local authorities is covered, along with a comment from our CEO - Phil Andrew.

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

Independent - 6 September 2018
Our CEO, Phil Andrew comments on a recent report from the National Audit Office commenting on the government's policies relating to personal debt.

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

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