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Has the FCA got the payday loan cap right? Have your say!

Former_MSE_Wendy Posts: 929 Forumite
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edited 15 July 2014 at 7:54AM in Loans
The financial regulator has announced details of the long awaited cap on payday loans today and the CEO, Martin Wheatley, wants your views.
Initial cost cap of 0.8% per day. For new loans, or loans rolled over, interest and fees must not exceed 0.8% per day of the amount borrowed.

Fixed default fees capped at £15, which protects borrowers to repay. If borrowers cannot repay their loans on time, fees must not exceed £15.

Total cost cap of 100%, which protects borrowers from escalating debts. Borrowers must never have to pay back more in fees and interest than the amount borrowed.

He says he's confident the FCA has set the cap at the right level to protect consumers. What do you think?

Do you think the FCA has struck the right balance?
What do you think about people not being able to take out a payday loan as a result of a cap?
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  • chanz4
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  • shazzablue
    shazzablue Posts: 146 Forumite
    chanz4 wrote: »
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    Hi chanz,how will this affect provident?,will they not find a way round any changes?.
  • Oblivion
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    The cap looks sensible to me. Fortunately I have never, nor ever will, have need of a payday loan but for those who do I'm sure it's a welcome move.

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  • bexster1975
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    Surely any cap is better than nothing. In an ideal world people would receive financial education and payday loans companies would be illegal. In the absence of this, a cap is a start.

    Bexster :)
  • michael1983l
    michael1983l Posts: 1,916 Forumite
    I believe 50% is a more realistic figure to protect consumers. Also they should think about halting these instant payments and put a 3 day minimum lead time on receiving the payment. Makes the customer think better about weather they really need the loan or not.
  • grahamji
    grahamji Posts: 5 Forumite
    Out of curiosity what is 0.8% daily as an APR ?????
  • dwrjones87
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    grahamji wrote: »
    Out of curiosity what is 0.8% daily as an APR ?????

    According to my sums, compounded every day, borrowing £100 ends up at £1,818.17 by the end of the year, so that's still 1,818.17% APR
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  • FidgitsID
    FidgitsID Posts: 227 Forumite
    edited 15 July 2014 at 10:33AM
    Seems like a reasonable set of caps to me
    but its just fixing a symptom..
    So this will just quickly move the industry onto some other ways of lending money at high rates/silly risks :-(
  • Pincher
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    edited 15 July 2014 at 1:12PM
    Oops, there is a cap of £200 if you borrow £100.
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