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'Tougher rules' for payday firms

Tougher controls on payday lenders have been unveiled by the City regulator today as it sets out plans to oversee the consumer credit market from next year.

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Watchdog unveils tougher new rules for payday lenders

A financial watchdog has unveiled tough new rules on payday lenders, that include:

  • All payday lenders adverts and other promotions must be fair, clear and not misleading. The FCA can ban misleading adverts.
  • Affordability checks for every credit agreement to ensure that only those who can afford a loan can get a loan.
  • Specific rules for the payday sector have been proposed which include; limiting loan rollovers to two, clear risk warnings will be displayed on all adverts and information on where to get free debt advice will be given to every borrower that rolls over a loan.
  • A dedicated enforcement team will crack down on poor practice, money laundering and unauthorised business.
  • Firms that break the rules may face detailed investigations and tough fines.

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