Shelter e-bulletin – May 2020

By Isabelle (IMA) in on Jun 08, 2020

May 2020 e-bulletin update from the Shelter Specialist Debt Advice Service.

COVID-19 updates

  • No requirement to report a self – employment grant received during the DRO
    moratorium
  • Monthly insolvency statistics published
  • FCA’s proposals to extend the time limit to request a mortgage payment holiday
  • FCA releases guidance on insurance products
  • FCA releases statement on mortgage prisoners
  • FCA on firms handling complaints during Coronavirus
  • Judiciary guidance on preparing PDF bundles
  • Updated HMCTS guidance
  • Working Tax Credits still to be paid even if working few hours
  • £5.4 million to support legal advice sector during the pandemic
  • £76 million to support the most vulnerable
  • Government taskforce to support rough sleepers
  • Welsh Government boosts Discretionary Assistance Fund by £11m
  • Welsh Government new £20 million fund to assist with re-housing of the homeless
  • Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) issues guidance
  • LGSCO restarting some existing investigations
  • Ofgem send letter to energy suppliers and insolvency practitioners
  • National Energy Action (NEA) produced new resources

News and legal updates 

  • Insolvency Service internal operational guidance available
  • DRO news special bulletin 27 May 2020 – changes to Persons at risk of violence
    (PARV) process

Enquiry of the month

This month’s featured enquiry explores how to record PIP being used to pay for a logbook loan on the DRO application.

Case law and important decisions 

This month’s edition highlights the following developments in case law:

  • Court held that the 90-day stay on possession proceedings is lawful
    In Arkin v Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 620, the Court of Appeal held that the Practice Direction 51Z (PD 51Z) that came into force on 27 March 2020 and imposed a 90-day stay on possession proceedings under CPR Part 55 was lawful.
  • COVID-19 and remote hearings round-up

Spotlight

This month’s Spotlight article looks at how video hearings are being used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Download the Shelter e-bulletin May 2020

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