Lenders should be named and shamed



Which? magazine has called for the Financial Services Authority to ‘name and shame’ lenders charging customers with exorbitant mortgage arrears charges. Which? wants the list submitted to judges hearing repossession cases and the culprits fined, with the revenue going to help borrowers access independent debt advice, and it has submitted a Freedom of Information request asking for the names of the lenders. It also wants lenders to provide an itemised breakdown of additional costs, the suspension of arrears charges where consumers have made agreements to pay off the debt, and a review of charges by the FSA.