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Policy and Government

At CAP we don’t want to just treat the symptoms of poverty; we also want to address the causes. That’s why we’re working tirelessly behind the scenes to shape and influence the policies that affect our clients. It means we get to speak on behalf of the vulnerable to the people with the power to change their lives. And our voice is growing louder.

Industry professionals seek our opinion on current issues, and our recommendations get heard in Parliament. Change is happening. Below are some of the ways in which we are fighting for justice amongst the country’s key decision-makers.

CMA’s draft order for retail banking market investigation

calendar22 December 2016

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently put out a draft order for consultation about the retail banking market. We were able to provide feedback on the personal current account (PCA) section. On the whole we welcomed the remedies set out in the draft, but recommended that the remedies and resources should be proportionately targeted at those who stand to gain the most. We also welcomed the obligation to publish service quality indicators and the new requirements around information. The overdraft alert remedy was particularly welcome, helping people avoid high charges for unarranged overdrafts and were able to express how the Maximum Monthly Charge remedy could be improved. Read our full response below.

Read the full document here

Reflection on the launch of The Freedom Report

calendar13 December 2016

Yesterday CAP launched The freedom report in the House of Commons, alongside the Financial Inclusion Commission, hosted by George Kerevan MP (member of the Treasure Select Committee). It was an event not to be missed, attended by over fifty senior representatives from the Credit and Debt Advice Industries and MPs. Speakers included Sian Williams, Commissioner and Head of National Services at Toynebee Hall, and Caroline Rookes CBE, CEO of the Money Advice Service (MAS). The event celebrated the results of the report, in that 93% of clients remained free of problem debt, and discussed wider lessons for the industry as a whole.

Launch of The Freedom Report in Parliament

calendar12 December 2016

Today CAP releases a new report: The freedom report. This looks at the outcomes of over 200 clients who have become debt free through Debt Management Plans (DMPs) and Debt Relief Orders (DROs) up to five years ago. The findings show the important role debt advice plays in building financial capability and resilience to ensure people feel in control of their finances and stay free of problem debt in the long-term. 93% remain free of problem debt, with 82% still using a budget. An incredible 69% of the DMP sample also had savings, which is 28% higher than the UK national average savings rate of 41%. The report shows that through CAP’s debt advice, financial capability skills – such as budgeting and saving – are gained and financial resilience is often built as a result. The report compares the outcomes of DMP and DRO clients, and the experiences of the handful who were struggling with repeat problem debt. Find out more and download the report here.

Consultation about the FCA’s proposal on guarantor lending

calendar25 November 2016

CAP recently submitted a consultation response to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) about the revised proposal on guarantor loans. Guarantor lending is high-risk for consumers, as it is lending secured on relationships. In this response we welcomed the proposed guidance, which ensures guarantors are appropriately notified where there is a breach of agreement. The revised proposal created opportunities for increased communication with guarantors, for instance notifying them as soon as payment problems present themselves. We also stated how important it is to fully inform guarantors of the risks and the meaning of the term default. To read the full response click below.

Read the full document here

CAP honoured with Credit Industry award

calendar25 November 2016

On Thursday 24 November, CAP was honoured to attend the annual Collections & Customer Service Awards 2016 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. CAP's Founder, John Kirkby, was in attendance and was one of five to scoop the Decade of Pioneers Award. The prize seeks to honour those who have made a difference in the Credit Industry over the past ten years through their work.

Dawn Stobart, CAP's Director of External Affairs, who also attended the awards ceremony, said, 'As CAP celebrates its 20th year, it is fitting to recognise the incredible contribution CAP’s Founder, John Kirkby, has made to tens of thousands of lives and the wider Credit Industry.

'We are delighted he has received one of just five Decade of Pioneers Awards. John’s pioneering influence has been clear to see since he founded CAP in 1996. His unfaltering enthusiasm and commitment to helping our clients is infectious and we are so pleased to see him honoured in this way.’

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Other and previous reports:

The case for fairshare Setting the pace Client report 2015 Client report 2014 Client report 2013

Introducing CAP's External Affairs team

Meet the team representing CAP and building relationships in the credit and debt advice industries, as well as the third sector and with the Government:

Dawn Stobart
Director of External Affairs

Helen Webb
External Affairs Manager

Rachel Gregory
External Affairs Analyst

Daniel Kelly
Creditor Relations Analyst

Kiri Saunders
External Affairs team

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