Labour puts Government on the spot over lack of action on legal

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson has joined calls for the Tory-Lib Dem Government to get a grip on problems caused to consumers high-cost lending.

After months of delay, MPs will seek to put renewed pressure on ministers to address the problems caused by payday, doorstep and other high-cost lenders by voting for an amendment to the Finance Bill.


Bill Esterson said: “We know families across Britain are struggling financially as a result of this Government’s austerity measures, and many are turning to high cost credit lenders to make ends meet. Payday lenders, home credit companies and hire purchase shops charge astronomical rates legally to families causing many to get into debt as a direct consequence.


“It’s time the Government stepped in before this gets out of hand - has seen a 58% rise in applications for payday loans in the space of one month, payday lenders like Wonga and the Money Shop  have announced massive expansion plans, and the evidence shows rising living costs are causing more and more people to take out these expensive and debilitating loans.


“Despite these problems, this Government refuses to do anything to tackle the rates these companies charge, despite the fact this type of lending is tightly regulated across Europe and North America. I am voting in favour of this amendment, to force the Government to look seriously at how to protect British consumers by intervening and protect the finances of families.”

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