Sunday 18 February 2018

Debt forgiveness for homeowners

Sir -- Debt forgiveness is as inevitable as it is essential. Mr Elderfield (the Financial Regulator) should be forcing banks to devise schemes to facilitate it, rather than allowing them to deal with it on an individual basis.

It is essential -- not just for those in negative equity, but for the economy in general -- that a scheme for debt forgiveness is introduced. A significant portion of the population is utilising 60 to 70 per cent of their wages to pay their mortgage. Is it any wonder that our shops are empty and the economy stagnating? People do not have money to spend.

It is not just the Government that is bankrolling the banks. The people are also bankrolling them. The majority of people's money is going to the bank to meet their mortgage repayments. A failure to formally introduce debt forgiveness will cause further stagnation in the economy and lead to more businesses closing and more job losses.

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