Our campaign successes
As a result of our campaigning, the government paused evictions and bailiff activity when coronavirus restrictions were strictest, and extended notice periods for evictions. They also adopted our recommendations on support for council tax arrears in the 2020 Spending Review, and a pilot low-interest loan scheme in the 2021 Budget.
Since the pandemic, the government has adopted several of our recommendations, including extending the Universal Credit uplift and the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor for self-employed workers.
Settled and safe: a renter's right
We campaigned for better protections for private renters. We helped secure a ban on letting agent fees for tenants and the government has introduced measures to tackle rogue landlords and improve protections and redress for renters.
Dialling down debt
Mobile phone companies' lagged behind other industries at supporting customers who were in debt. We changed the law so that they now have to give customers the option to cap how much they spend on their phone bill each month. The main providers also agreed to improve their debt collection practices [ 240 kb].
Payday loan companies were not treating their customers fairly. Following our campaign, the Financial Conduct Authority introduced tough new rules on payday lenders. Since then the number of people seeking our help with payday loans has halved.
Fair play for prepay
Prepay energy customers were paying more and receiving a second class service. Suppliers have committed to better customer service and support, and improved the choice of tariffs and ease of switching.
In a fast changing labour market, we wanted to make sure people had the ability to enforce their rights. We helped campaign for the ban on employment tribunal fees, and influenced the Taylor review of modern employment to include many of our suggestions.
Following our campaign the Government published new guidance for local authorities on collecting council tax arrears. Over 1.5m residents are now better protected from aggressive bailiffs.
Make ESA fit for work
Ill and disabled people were being let down by ESA. Now they can get the support they need for free, and further training for assessors will improve their experience.