Payday Loan Companies – Why This is So Wrong

7 Mar

I have been warning people of the unacceptable business practices currently being allowed as I believe this takes advantage of people in financial fifficulty. I am sure you will have seen one of the many television adverts offering loans in minutes at rediculous rates of interest, say 2763% APR. The government needs to improve regulation in the debt and credit industries to protect consumers.

A cross-party MP committee has attacked poorly regulated payday loan and debt management companies for causing people unmanageable debt problems. The news comes as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launches an investigation into these practices. The Committee is also asking the government to act swiftly should the OFT investigation reveals any evidence of non-compliance within the market. The idea being if self-regulation cannot deliver enough protection the government must intervene with statutory regulation.

I believe the practice to borrow money this week and pay back next week causes spiralling debt, which quickly becomes un affordable. If there isn’t sufficient income to pay bills, it is pretty clear that borrowing from Peter to pay Paul leads to more borrowing next week? Next week comes and you borrow more to payback both the loan and the interest running up larger and larger debts.

Research by Consumer Focus showed that customers had on average over three loans, while insolvency experts R3 claimed that a third of people who take out a payday loan have to get another one because they can’t afford to pay it off.

Please make comments as this practice is wrong.

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