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Carl Packman

Cutting the cost-of-living is still the priority: a VAT cut could help

April will see further pressure piled on households whose finances have been shattered in recent years. With the economy teetering on the brink of recession too, we need to both reduce prices and boost demand. A VAT cut, as many are calling for, could help.

Employer Salary Access Schemes: Financial Friend or Foe?

Employer Salary Advance Schemes (ESAS) and loans provided with the security of 'first call' on wages are expanding. Whilst collecting repayments directly from pay helps reduce the cost of borrowing, there are concerns that the products could harm some customers. In this blog we urge providers to ensure advances and loans are affordable and for mechanisms to be put in place so financially distressed customers can easily request a suspension of payments. We also call for further research to be conducted into the impacts of the products.

Buy Now Pay Later: the link to credit cards is causing harm

Following reports of a possible Government U-turn concerning the regulation of Buy Now Pay Later, we provide further details of the link to credit card debt and argue that should be subject to the same rules.

Buy Now Pay Later: is failing to regulate really an option?

Reports that Government is considering a 'U-turn' with respect to the regulation of Buy Now Pay Later products indicates a willingness to sacrifice consumer protection for temporary economic growth. It would also make for a huge divergence between Britain and other jurisdictions, including the EU, who are proposing a tougher crack-down on what, essentially, is just another version of the credit card.