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The tax authorities have said that credit cards companies must do more to help million of clients who are not able to pay off debts. Meanwhile, the FCA has issued suggestions that could mean that credit cards could cut interest or fees in the worst case. Companies would have to work more with debtors, e.g. by creating a quicker reimbursement schedule.
Neighboring debtors said the plan was unable to address credit cards that become risky, long-term debts. UK Cards Association, which representing credit cards companies, said the plan needed to be "carefully reviewed". regulators define someone as being in credit charge if they have payed more interest and fees than they have repayed from their borrowings over a 18 month timeframe.
EZV says that "customers with continued indebtedness are viable for credit cards companies that do not routinely interfere to help them". An estimated 3.3 million individuals are estimated to have sustained indebtedness. Genuine Difficulties" The aim of the scheme is to avoid spiral indebtedness, as the computer scientist Jon Pearson, who has accumulated 35,000 pounds of indebtedness, has known.
A 34-year-old who received his first credit cards at the tender of 18, he said it was his "own stupidity" that gave him the faith to pass his increasing debt between different cards. "He said I received ten thousand pound [credit limit] boosts without any proper study of what I was doing and how my refunds worked.
"I' ve never disbursed more than the interest every single monthly and was still able to get raises of credit on every I had. "The suggestions mean "Stubborn debts can be very costly - they cost clients an estimated 2 on one £. 50[in interest and charges] per 1 pound back - and can darken the underlying pitfalls.
As these clients continue to be lucrative, companies have little incentive to interfere. "Our aim is to remedy this so that companies and clients can process their receivables more quickly and even prevent their debts from persisting. "The FCA said it expects the action to save money for clients through lower interest rates as a consequence of quicker repayments.
"Until 2030, we anticipate that customer overall cost reductions would range between 3 billion and 13 billion, according to how companies and consumers respond," she said. The credit cards companies and other interested third party have until July to reply. Accelerate credit cards debts? The UK Cards Association's Chief Executive Richard Koch applauded the FCA's suggestions.
"Whilst the EZV's initial review found that the credit cards business works well for most individuals, we are not smug and the credit cardmakers remain determined to help the majority of those who do not use a credit cards in a way that is in their best interest," he said. Concern has been raised about the level of indebtedness in the UK.
Recent Bank of England data suggest that the rate of credit cards indebtedness increase annually is the highest since February 2006. StepChange's senior managing director Mike O'Connor said it was afraid that the suggestions did not go far enough. "Cardholder credit cards continue to be the largest individual class of problematic indebtedness for our customers, with mean indebtedness of over £8,000," he said.
"While we welcome steps to combat continuing indebtedness, we fear that these suggestions will not solve the key problem that credit cards, which are intended to be a short-term way of taking out credit, often become long-term and costly debts."