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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made a number of changes which will give breathing space to people struggling with consumer debt during the lockdown. These temporary measures include assistance for people with overdrafts, credit cards, motor finance packages, payday loans and "buy now pay later" arrangements.

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Coronavirus, Regulation, Repossession, Affordability

The core messages of the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) should be given renewed focus in light of Covid-19, according to a statement on the AHC website. The Commission argues that the current crisis highlights the dangers of relying so heavily on the private rented sector to meet housing demand, pointing out that this sector often

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Coronavirus, Affordability

The Department for Communities have issued Coronavirus Housing Guidance for Private Rented Landlords and Tenants. The guidance sets out general advice for tenants and landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) on issues which may arise during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Recent developments have necessitated a raft of new legislation impacting social security and housing issues. Some of the new statutory rules which are of most relevance to advisers are set out below

The Discretionary Support (Amendment No.2) (Covid 19) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

NISR 2020 67

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Housing Rights has been in touch with huge numbers of private tenants, concerned about how they will manage to pay their full rent bearing in mind the low level of assistance paid by social security benefits towards the cost of private rents.