Bedroom tax rebellion ends coalition?

Does the Tories defeat in a bedroom tax amendment vote signal the end of the coalition government? Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs joined forces to defeat the Tories in a Commons vote to partly overturn the controversial bedroom tax.

Payday loan hardship cases on the increase

Payday loan hardship is on the increase despite action by the financial regulator, claims the StepChange charity. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) promised to crack down on payday lenders when they took over from the Financial Services Authority in April, vowing to close down any company which did not ‘play ball.’

Call for clampdown on rogue landlords

Housing experts have called for a clampdown on private landlords to stop them from exploiting vulnerable tenants. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Resolution Foundation say rogue landlords should face stronger sanctions. They have also called for minimum standards to be better enforced.

Financial services could be hit by Scottish independence

Prime Minister David Cameron is claiming a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum could hit financial service firms north of the border. He says 90% of Scottish financial services customers live in the rest of the UK.  Currently they are allowed to operate tax free products like SIPPs (self invested personal pensions) and ISAs …