Relief for struggling families must be a priority

When it is finally enacted, the Personal Insolvency Bill should help people in debt, but the government must make helping them a matter of urgency, writes Emma Kennedy.

8th September, 2012
Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, and Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Families with debt woes face a lack of certainty on the government's strategy for tackling mortgage arrears and other personal debts, after reports suggested that vital legislation could be delayed, leaving struggling families in financial limbo.

A potential delay in laws to help deal with debt is very bad news for the 200,000 or more families who either can't afford their mortgage repayments or who have negotiated a temporary solution with banks to make their...

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