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Concerns over loan shark customers

One in three people turned down for a payday loan considered using an illegal loan shark, research suggests Credit: PA Wire

One in three people turned down for a payday loan following the introduction of tighter lending rules considered using an illegal loan shark instead, according to research.

Someone turned away by a payday lender is twice as likely to go a loan shark as they are to seek help from a credit union, a survey carried out for The Consumer Finance Association found.

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) represents short-term lenders including the Money Shop, Cash Converters, Quick Quid, Peachy and Sunny.

A poll of 720 people who had been turned down for a payday loan by a member of the CFA following the new rules found a third had thought about going to an illegal lender after they were declined.

One in 25 (4%) said they had used an illegal lender, which is double the proportion who said they had gone to a credit union.


Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

Ben Bradlee. Credit: PA Wire

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper's Watergate coverage, has died.

The newspaper said the 93-year-old has died at his home in Washington of natural causes.

Bradlee was the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 until 1991.

The Post won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the scandal, which forced Nixon to quit under threat of impeachment in August 1974.

President Barack Obama gave Bradlee the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2013.

Shoppers 'buying little and often'

Shoppers are using convenience stores more, according to a report. Credit: PA Wire

People are shopping "little and often" and spending more in convenience stores, according to research.

So-called "time poor" shoppers are grocery shopping at least twice as often as they were five years ago, according to a report by Waitrose.

More people are using convenience stores with 25% of consumers visiting one every day, according to figures from a poll of 1,000 people carried out for the supermarket.

Waitrose managing director Mark Price said: "The twin pillars of convenience and technology mean that people shop more often, and in ways that suit them."

Anger over 'dementia diagnosis cash' for GP plans

GPs are to be paid a bonus for diagnosing dementia patients. Credit: PA Wire

Plans to pay GPs a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia have been criticised by the Patients Association.

Family doctors are expected to receive the money under an NHS scheme which is thought to be the first national initiative to reward doctors for diagnosing patients with a condition.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said it was "a distortion of good medical practice".

She said: "We know GPs receive incentive payments to find all sorts of conditions, such as high cholesterol, raised blood pressure and diabetes - but this seems a step too far. It is putting a bounty on the head of certain patients.

"Good GPs will be diagnosing their dementia patients already. This seems to be rewarding poor GPs.

"There is an issue of people presenting late with dementia to doctors, but this is not the right way to go about tackling that. If people were given hope that something could be done, that would be the greatest incentive for coming early."

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: "Dementia can be devastating both for individuals and their families.

"We know that more needs to be done across the health service to ensure that people living with dementia are identified so that they can get the tailored care and support they need.

"This additional investment is part of a drive to ensure this."

US Ebola survivor to leave hospital

A freelance journalist who contracted Ebola while covering the outbreak in Liberia is clear of the virus, the hospital treating him has said.

Ashoko Mukpo will leave Nebraska Hospital on Wednesday.

Mukpo tweeted to tell his followers he was "relieved" he was clear of the virus and repeated his wishes of recovery to the two American nurse who contracted the virus. Read more here: US Ebola survivor sends best wishes to Dallas nurses

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