High-cost short-term credit agreements and coronavirus: updated temporary guidance for firms

This guidance applies in the exceptional circumstances arising out of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) and its impact on the financial situation of high-cost short-term credit agreement customers.

On 19 November, we published updated guidance for firms on high-cost short-term credit and coronavirus related to the provision of payment deferrals, which replaces this with effect from 25 November 2020.


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On 24 April 2020, we published guidance setting out our expectation that firms should provide, for a temporary period only, exceptional and immediate support to consumers facing payment difficulties due to circumstances arising out of coronavirus. We published proposed revisions to this guidance on 3 July 2020.

Following a short period for comments, we have finalised our revised guidance which will provide continued support for users of high-cost short-term credit agreement products.

We are proposing to disapply some rules in order to give effect to this guidance.