Author Archives: Carl Packman

The video of James Foley is an escalation: what should the UK response be?

With last year’s vote on Syria in mind there will be a lot of attention given to what the Labour response will be – while we need caution and reflection, the response from the Labour party must reflect the severity of the situation now.

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What Philip Hammond ought to tell the Ecuadorian foreign minister about Assange

The Ecuadorian foreign minister wants to talk to Philip Hammond about Julian Assange – this is what our foreign minister should tell him.

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MPs demand bank explanation over fake letters


The infamous Wonga letters have highlighted similar practices by larger companies.

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The FCA cap on payday loans: acting where the market has failed


The proposed cap means that if someone pays back a £100 loan within 30 days they would pay a maximum of £24 in charges.

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Complaints against payday lenders double in a year

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But it could be just the tip of the iceberg, says Financial Ombudsman Service.

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Wonga has been caught out. But why didn’t the regulator act earlier?


If the regulator had been firmer before then some borrowers might not have been treated unfairly.

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Training for young people is a good move, but Labour should be asking more of employers

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Without reference to how Labour intends to bring about good growth there is little point talking about training.

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The criticism of criminalising forced marriage overstates the case

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Changes to the law show the UK is serious about calling time on forced marriage.

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The number of people in debt to payday lenders continues to grow

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Householders are still relying on the most expensive types of loan, new figures suggest.

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The Church Credit Union Network shows the way against predatory lending

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Former chief City regulator Hector Sants has introduced a national network of churches, communities and credit unions as an alternative to payday lenders.

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