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Ways to reduce compulsive spending  
An update on a trial of an online tool which provided people with the ability to close online shops at times of their choosing and limit temptation to spend. Some good recommendations.
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A behavioural bank
A new digital-only bank aims to address financial risk by incenting five controllable behaviours - not spending more than we earn, not saving regularly, not having insurance in place, not paying off property and not investing for the long term.
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Behind on the basics  
For some people, just keeping up with basic household costs can be a real struggle. In 2017, 140,000 people who received debt advice from StepChange were behind on at least one of their essential household bills.
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Recovery space 
Policy recommendations to ensure that people receiving medical support for a mental health crisis are protected from financial harm, and given space to recover
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In Too Deep: an investigation into debt and relationships 
Struggling with problem debt can lead to relationship distress, increased conflict, decreased positive communication, mistrust and relationship breakdown.
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Stop the knock 
The use of bailiffs to collect council tax and other debts has risen 14% in two years. They should only ever be used as a last resort.
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Nudging tools for money advisers 
A toolkit, which uses behavioural science to better engage and support people with unmanageable debt.
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Opportunities and challenges in the debt advice sector 
Some highlights from a July 2017 report on research on the debt advice sector commissioned by the Money Advice Service.
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Credit Cards - the minimum payment trap 
In April 2017 the FCA estimated that there are four million credit card accounts in what they call long-term, persistent debt.
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The poverty premium 
Research into eight types of poverty premium that households experience to varying degrees at an average of £490pa.
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