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Changes announced for clients facing bankruptcy

calendar15 January 2015

Today, Business Minister Jo Swinson has announced changes to make it easier for the financially vulnerable to manage problem personal debt.

This follows CAP's campaign to raise the limit of debt set in order to access a Debt Relief Order, as currently more than a third of our clients, many of whom are vulnerable, are too poor to go bankrupt.

CAP's CEO Matt Barlow said: 'The limit of £15,000 of debt was set in 2009, so we’re delighted the Insolvency Service have brought this bang up-to-date and we’re pleased to hear it will be reviewed again in 2017. We had campaigned for the limit to rise to £30,000, which would have seen more than half of our clients able to afford this debt solution. However, the line had to be drawn somewhere and £20,000 is a good start.'

You can read the Insolvency Service's full article here and our report 'Too poor to go bankrupt' here.

Banking help on its way for people battling debt

calendar15 December 2014

Banking help on its way for people battling debt

One of the first things we ask brand new CAP clients to do is to open a basic bank account with a company that they don’t owe anything to.

It’s important because the basic bank account won’t allow an overdraft and will establish a fresh start for the journey to become debt free.

The problem is, it’s not always that easy to set up but we’re hoping today’s news from the banks and the Treasury will change all that.

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Wow - what a response!

calendar02 December 2014

Wow - what a response!

We've been absolutely blown away by the generosity of our supporters who have already helped us to raise over £69,000 through our Christmas appeal!

This money will be used to help individuals and families across the UK in crisis by providing them with emergency food aid.

Help us smash our target of £100,000 before the year is out by clicking here.

CAP Money in the capital!

calendar28 November 2014

CAP Money in the capital!

Tomorrow our Bradford team are in central London with 150 passionate individuals who are keen to learn how they can help prevent debt and poverty in their local communities.

Training as CAP Money Coaches, they will join over 800 churches currently running our free money management course across the UK.

The CAP Money Course now helps more than 10,000 people a year gain control of their finances with a cash-based system supported by flexible on-line tools.

Find out more about how your church could run the CAP Money Course and teach people how to budget, save and spend wisely.

CAP launches Christmas appeal

calendar20 November 2014

CAP launches Christmas appeal

Every year, we help thousands of people who struggle to afford the basics with emergency food aid.

Families, just like Chloe's, who said: 'We were very hungry. All we had to eat was bread and butter until CAP came and said: "Come on, you can be on CAP's side." And now we have loads of stuff!'

Watch Chloe's story and how you can help a family in need this Christmas by clicking here.

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