The report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into HMRC’s performance published today (12 January 2018) makes for sobering reading according to the ICAEW. The ICAEW responded to comments from the Chair Meg Hillier that highlights the risks that HMRC faces from undertaking the largest transformational programme in Europe while at the same time coping…

The average adult will shell out £4,600 on ‘financial’ New Year’s resolutions such as conquering their debts or moving house, according to a study. Expensive pledges such as paying off debt, buying a car and travelling the world are just as popular as traditional resolutions such as quitting smoking. The average person will attempt two…

Unsecured credit to UK households contracted in Q4 2017, the Bank of England’s (BoE) quarterly Credit Conditions Survey has found. Lenders also said they intended to tighten criteria for the unsecured credit sector, after an increase in default rates during Q4. Overall demand for unsecured lending products excluding credit cards fell during the period, for…

New research from Deloitte has indicated that retail administrations have increased for the first time in 5 years. The research showed that: 118 retailers went into administration during 2017, up 28% from 92 in 2016 There was a significant increase (55%) in the number of large retailers  that have gone into administration Total administrations across…

Credit card specialist Newday has been fined £230,000 by the Information Commisioners Office (ICO) after they failed to ensure automated emails were sent to individuals who had consented to receive marketing. Newday was fined £230,000 after it was found to have sent over 44 million spam emails. Andy Curry, ICO Enforcement Group Manager, said “Firms…

New figures from Highways England revealed that 200,610 drivers who did not pay the Dart Charge, for the Dartford Crossing between Kent and Essex, were visited by debt collectors. The automated toll was introduced in November 2014 in an effort to ease congestion and help traffic at one of the countries busiest roads. In 2016…

Figures released today show that 2017 was another record-breaking year for Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs), with over 6.34 billion payments, worth a total in excess of £4.9 Trillion, processed by the company behind Direct Debit in the UK. At the end of June 2017, a huge 111.7 million Direct Debits and Bacs Direct Credits…

Just a few days in to the new year and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has confirmed what many of us suspected. Car sales fell for the first time in six years during 2017, with demand for diesel cars plunging by almost a fifth. In total, there were about 2.5 million cars…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show a growth in new business of second charge mortgages in November 2017. Commenting on the new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said: “The second charge mortgage…

New research from MarketInvoice has revealed that late payment has worsened for UK SMEs. In a survey of 80,000 invoices from UK businesses reveals that: 62% of invoices paid late in 2017, £21.1b outstanding in late payments annually Invoices paid 18 days late on average; Prompt Payment Code not delivering for UK businesses The culture…