Government to hold credit card summit
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Date: 25 Nov 2008
Secretary of State for Business Peter Mandelson and Consumer Affairs Minister
Gareth Thomas will hold a Summit with the credit card industry tomorrow to
address mounting concerns that credit card borrowers aren't getting a fair deal
in the downturn.
The Prime Minister announced plans to bring the credit card industry in after
seeing evidence of a new practice of card lenders significantly hiking up
people's rates, as well as broader concerns about the failure of many companies
to pass on cuts in interest rates to borrowers struggling to repay their debts.
Consumer Affairs Minister Gareth Thomas said:
"The Government is deeply concerned that borrowers aren't getting a fair
deal. That's why we've taken swift action to bring the industry in to look at
how costs are being applied to people's existing debts.
"We want to work constructively with industry to draw up a set of principles
that will enable them to keep lending and will also ensure borrowers are treated
fairly and in a way that best helps them pay off their debts"
The Government recently brought in legislation to tackle unfair practices and
has strengthened the Office of Fair Trading's enforcement powers so that they
can take swift and effective action to prevent borrowers being treated unfairly.
The Summit will take place at the Department for Business at 1pm on Wednseday
1) The Prime Minister announced the Government's intention to hold a summit
with the credit card industry on 11 November following mounting evidence of
irresponsible practices and a failure of the industry to pass on interest rate
cuts to their customers.
2) Consumer Affairs Minister Gareth Thomas will chair the Summit, which will
involve directors and chief executives from credit card providers. Trade
associations representing financial institutions, regulators and consumer groups
3) The Government will be working with industry to:
-establish clear and fair principles to apply to the costs people face on their
-to ensure that new responsible lending is entered into, and
-that households who get into unforeseen difficulty over this tough period are
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-11-26 08:00:53 in Business Articles