Con­sumers trapped by pay­day loans

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

Pay­day loans are trap­ping in­creas­ing num­bers of con­sumers in a down­ward spi­ral of debt caused by ex­or­bi­tant penalty charges, a con­sumer group has warned. More than 60 per cent of peo­ple who take out pay­day loans are us­ing the money for house­hold bills or buy­ing other es­sen­tials like food, nap­pies and petrol, a sur­vey by Which? found. The fig­ures show an “alarm­ing” picture of peo­ple trapped in debt caused by penalty charges be­cause they can­not af­ford to pay back the loan on time, the watch­dog said. A quar­ter (25 per cent) of those who had taken out loans said they had been hit with hid­den charges such as high fees for re­minder let­ters, and one in five (18 per cent) were not able to pay back their loan on time. * Dawn French and Ja­son Dono­van have been signed up as judges for An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s search for the lead in his mu­si­cal Je­sus Christ Su­per­star. And Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent judge Amanda Holden is con­firmed as host of the live heats of the ITV1 pro­gramme, which launches this sum­mer. The se­ries, called Su­per­star, will fill “The euro­zone is at a cross­roads - it ei­ther has to make up or it is look­ing at a po­ten­tial break-up” - The Prime Min­is­ter, warn­ing of “per­ilous eco­nomic times”. “In show busi­ness, as in much of busi­ness, it is of­ten less about to­day and more about to­mor­row. So af­ter the oblig­a­tory cel­e­bra­tory packet of pork scratch­ings and a pint at the pub round the corner, it will be back to the grind­stone” - Broad­caster Chris Evans on the news that he has ex­tended his BBC Ra­dio 2 break­fast au­di­ence lead over the Ra­dio 1 ri­val. “Men love their women to have depth, but only when it comes to their cleav­ages” - An un­named film di­rec­tor al­leg­ing sex­ism at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

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