Fincap wants brakes on payday lenders during Covid-19 lockdown

From Nine To Noon, 9:34 am on 2 April 2020

A nationwide budgeting service wants online payday lenders shuttered during the country's lockdown period amid concern people desperate for money will turn to loan sharks.

An interest rate cap on high-cost lenders kicks in in June and will include a 100 % repayment limit.

But some social agencies fear that people struggling to make ends meet will spiral into debt before then.

Kathryn discusses with Fincap Chief Executive Tim Barnett , Emeline Afeaki-Mafile'o Executive Director of South Auckland based youth social agency, Affirming Works and Susan Taylor, Chief Executive of Financial Services Complaints Limited.

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