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Government under fire over credit card plans

02 February 2010 11:32:12

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Tories hit out at credit card debt settling scheme.
The government is planning to allow Britons to settle credit card debts that require the intervention of a bailiff by using further credit cards, it emerged today (February 2nd).

According to a new report in the Sun, a pilot scheme will be launched next month, with cash-strapped consumers invited to pay for offences such as speeding fines on their credit cards.

The move has been slammed by the Conservatives, particularly in light of the current economic climate and the fact the credit card interest rates are now 16.3% on average.

"You couldn't make it up. Labour ministers have given bailiffs the go-ahead to collect credit card debts by credit card," shadow housing minister Grant Shapps told the newspaper.

"This callous approach will give the green light for aggressive bailiffs to demand credit card payments with menace, pushing some of the most vulnerable in our society deeper in debt."

Mr Shapps added that the move underlines the feeling that the government has "lost touch with reality".

However, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice noted that magistrates' courts already accept debit and credit cards and stated that cash and cheque payments remain acceptable alternatives.ADNFCR-2196-ID-19591487-ADNFCR ADNFCR-2196-ID-19464191-ADNFCR

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