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Report highlights the harm caused by payday lenders

The pressure is building on payday lenders after a damning report found they were doing ‘enormous detriment and harm’.

13 May 2014
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Global accountants’ body ACCA has just published ‘Fixing a broken market’, which found that in 2012 borrowers spent more than £900m on payday loans and £450m of that was on loans subsequently ‘rolled over’ into new loans.

It concluded: “It seems many payday loans serve only to increase the likelihood of indebtedness.

“Regulation has the potential to fix the payday lending market, which is currently failing.”

Last month the Cheque Centre chain pulled out of payday loans on the day new strict new regulations from the Financial Conduct Authority came into force.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield has been campaigning against rip off loans.

He said: “I want to see the Financial Conduct Authority punish any lender that breaks the new regulations. They need to stamp out the rip-off practices that are doing so much damage to people’s lives.”


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