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Almost three quarters (74%) of parents want payday loan companies to be banned from broadcasting television and radio adverts before the 9pm watershed, according to a new study.
The research found that over one third (34%) of children find the adverts to be fun, tempting or exciting, and this group were significantly more likely to say they would consider using a payday loan in the future.
The statistics form part of a report by The Children's Society which calls for restrictions on loan advertising to join those already in place to protect children from adverts for gambling, alcohol, tobacco and junk food.
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Prior to announcing proposals for a new cap on the costs of taking out loans from payday lenders, the FCA conducted a survey of 2,000 representative customers.
The results identify the level of financial difficulties those borrowing endure.
The head of the Consumer Finance Association, which represents the industry, has urged people to consider the full consequences of a crackdown on the high costs and charges enforced by payday lenders.
Anyone who thinks that a price cap is good news for borrowers should have a thought for those many people who will be turned down for loans because the best lenders will have to reject those with the worst credit records.
We support a cap that allows the industry to operate profitably with the right protection in place for vulnerable people. With new regulations and tighter affordability checks, critics must now face up to the fact that most people use, need and like short-term credit and the measures in place are more stringent than for any other form of consumer credit.
For a lot of people borrowing from a payday lender "is not a good idea" and they can find themselves getting further into debt, a finance chief told Good Morning Britain.
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive, Martin Wheatley, admitted the interest cap on payday loans would "restrict the availability of loans to some people" but it would keep customers away from toxic debt.
The Financial Conduct Authority's proposals for a cap on payday lending mean that from January interest and fees on new loans, including those rolled over, must not exceed 0.8% per day of the amount borrowed.
Payday lenders will lose £420m in revenue a year as a result of the rate and costs cap being brought in from January 2015, ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills has tweeted:
FCA estimates that as a result of their cap payday lenders will lose £420m in revenue per year.
The Financial Conduct Authority's cap on the interest charges and fees set by payday lenders will ensure customers will never be hit with loan costs higher than the amount borrowed.
ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills has tweeted the FCA's key proposals:
FCA caps interest charges on payday loans and default fees. Overall cost of payday loan "will never exceed 100% of amount borrowed".
FCA says cost of borrowing a £100 payday loan for 30 days (repaid on time) will never exceed £24. It's currently £30.
FCA says default charges "cannot exceed £15". Wonga's was £30 but was recently lowered to £20.