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Payday lenders accused of being 'out of control'

Debt charities have accused lenders of being "out of control", by granting loans to people who cannot afford to repay them:

  • More than 7,000 people who contacted debt charity StepChange last year had five or more payday loans - rocketing from just over 700 in 2009
  • Charities have also reported seeing cases where people were drunk when they took out the loan or had mental health issues
  • They have raised concerns that penalty fees and charges piled on top of interest can also mean that the cost of the debt balloons out of proportion with the original loan for a struggling borrower
  • In one case seen by StepChange, a client faced a total debt of £1,830 for an initial loan of £120

Payday lenders to find out if they will face investigation

The trading watchdog will reveal this morning it plans to refer problems found with payday lenders for a full investigation by the Competition Commission, which has powers to ban or limit products and shake up whole markets.

Debt charities have accused lenders of being "out of control" Credit: Press Association

Today's decision by the Office of Fair Trading comes after a major probe into the £2 billion payday sector. The watchdog published a damning report in March, in which it outlined the evidence it had gathered of "widespread irresponsible lending".


UK drops 7 places in comparison of household income

The UK has dropped from 5th to 12th place in a international comparison of household disposable income, according to a new report by the Office for National Statistics.

The UK was ranked fifth in 2005 but has since dropped by seven places to 12th in 2011, in a comparison of household actual disposable income per head.

The UK has dropped 7 places in an international comparison of household disposable income Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The report suggests that the figures reflect the experiences of households since the recession began in 2008.

The increasing price of goods and services, as well as the devaluation of sterling during this period are cited as key reasons for a reduction in disposable income.

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Lloyds underlying profits rise to £2bn

Lloyds have announced underlying profits of £2bn for first three months of the year.

Lloyds says lending is up by £600 million too, an that its success is down to 'safer and simpler business'.

The bank says it is still expecting to float the branches they didn't sell to the Co-op in middle of next year .

It is also Interesting that Lloyds have revealed they still have 18 billion of liabilities in Greece, Ireland, Spain and Portugal - the bulk of that in Ireland.

And crucially for Lloyds no additional money is being put aside for PPI.

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Sir Winston Churchill 'was a truly great British leader'

Our banknotes acknowledge the life and work of great Britons. Sir Winston Churchill was a truly great British leader, orator and writer. Above that, he remains a hero of the entire free world. His energy, courage, eloquence, wit and public service are an inspiration to us all. I am proud to announce that he will appear on our next banknote.

– Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England

Sir Winston Churchill to appear on new £5 note

The Bank of England has announced plans to put Sir Winston Churchill on the next bank note.

Sir Winston will appear on the reverse of the new £5 note which is expected to start printing in 2016.

The note is expected to feature a portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh in 1941. Credit: Bank of England

The note is expected to feature a portrait of Winston Churchill from a photograph taken in Ottawa by Yousuf Karsh in 1941.

A view of Westminster and the Elizabeth Tower from the South Bank looking across Westminster Bridge.

The image of the Elizabeth Tower with the hands of the Great Clock at 3 o’clock – the approximate time on 13 May 1940 when Sir Winston Churchill declared in a speech to the House of Commons: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” This declaration is quoted beneath the portrait.

A background image of the Nobel Prize medal which he was awarded in 1953 for literature, together with the wording of the prize citation.

Higher wages will 'help economic recovery'

Boosting the incomes of the low paid goes straight into the economy and wage-led growth must be part of the recovery so we would have liked to have seen minimum wage rates go up further today, even if the government has rightly rejected calls for a freeze.

We will continue to press ministers to ensure the minimum wage is properly enforced particularly for apprentices where there is considerable evidence that many miss out.

And we will continue to urge the many employers who can afford it to implement a full living wage for their staff.

– Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary
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