Capping the cost of credit a 'major market intervention'

The Financial Conduct Authority will still need to study the evidence surrounding payday loans before it decides whether to impose a credit limit.

Capping the cost of credit and the number of times the loan can be rolled over is a major market intervention.

It could bring huge benefits for consumers as a recent study in Japan has indicated, but experience in Germany and France has shown there can be equally momentous unintended consequences including reduced access to credit for the poorest and most vulnerable consumers, even driving them to illegal loan sharks.

These international lessons demonstrate that we need robust evidence to support any decision to introduce such a cap.

– Lord Sassoon, Treasury Minister

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Payday loans 'to be capped'

The Government is to allow a cap to be imposed on the interest rates charged for "payday loans".