Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More protection from loan sharks

More protection from loan sharks

A Bill making the biggest changes to consumer credit legislation in more than a decade has passed its third reading in Parliament, Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says.

The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill protects the interests of borrowers and requires lenders to act responsibly.

“Time is fast running out for predatory lenders who try to exploit our communities. This Bill reflects the National Government’s commitment to protecting vulnerable New Zealanders from spiralling debt, without imposing unnecessary compliance costs on responsible lenders,” Mr Foss says.

“Rewriting the rules for consumer lending is an important part of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda, which aims to boost confidence and trust in our financial markets.”

The Bill amends the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act, the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act, the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act and the Personal Property Securities Act.

It also repeals the Credit (Repossession) Act and incorporates its content into an expanded Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act.

Key changes to legislation include:

Requiring responsible lending in the consumer credit market - lenders must act with skill, care and diligence in all dealings with a borrower throughout the life of a consumer credit contract.
Introducing a Responsible Lending Code to provide guidance on how a responsible lender should behave.
Requiring more timely and complete disclosure of loan terms and extending the ‘cooling off’ period for borrowers to cancel their loan.
Introducing a standing disclosure regime where lenders must provide free of charge their standard form contract terms and costs of borrowing.
Preventing goods from being repossessed unless they are specifically identified in the credit contract and limiting some essential household items from repossession altogether.
· Licensing of repossession agents and employees.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news