The number of debt decrees registered against Scottish consumers rose by six percent more than in the third quarter of 2017. During Q3 2018, 5,668 debt decrees were registered against Scottish consumers. A further one percent increase on last year’s historic Q3 high in the average value of small claims and summary cause decrees set a…

Rule-breaking bailiffs are causing people increased stress, anxiety and financial hardship, according to new research published today by Citizens Advice and StepChange. The charities are calling for the government to step in and regulate the industry to prevent more people suffering at the hands of debt collectors who flout the rules. New figures reveal that…

A new survey of StepChange Debt Charity clients shows the hidden housing problems caused by debt, particularly in the private rented sector. StepChange says these are so complex that the government should review the suitability of the private rented sector for housing vulnerable people. The charity is particularly worried about the position of clients in…

One in five (21%) medium-sized businesses in the UK believe that automation will help them compete with larger rivals, according to research from international payments, treasury management and foreign exchange specialist Centtrip. Seen as both a threat and opportunity, automation – the execution of a task or process without human assistance – is having a…

UK Finance’s latest mortgage arrears and possessions update for the third quarter of 2018 has revealed that there were 77,600 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 percent or more of the outstanding balance in the third quarter of 2018 showing that arrears remain at a historic low. This is 5 percent fewer than in the…

Debt Purchaser Arrow Global Group has published its latest results for the past nine months (ended 30 September 2018). Commenting on the results, Lee Rochford, Group Chief Executive Officer of Arrow Global, said “I am delighted that our successful diversification of the business continues to bear fruit. Our Investment Business continues to thrive, with growing volumes…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the number of second charge mortgage repossessions in Q3 2018 was 36, 5.9% higher than in the same quarter in 2017. The annual rate of second charge mortgage repossessions as a percentage of average outstanding agreements at the end of Q3 2018…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the second charge mortgage market saw an 11% increase in September Commenting on the September 2018 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said “In September,…

The interim findings of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Mortgage Market Study have highlighted the challenge of mortgage prisoners. In addition, the report says long-term and lifetime lending is another concern and that the FCA is looking to firms to use their common sense to make sure they’re matching the right products to the right…

R3 has welcomed the news that the Government has launched a consultation on introducing a “breathing space” for indebted individuals, Stuart Frith, President of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3, said “R3 welcomed the Government’s plans for a ‘breathing space’ for indebted individuals, during which they will have an opportunity to seek advice about their finances…

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