New research by Leeds Building Society found nearly a quarter of people in the UK who celebrate the festive season (24%) don’t save ahead for it at all. Conversely, 15% of those surveyed start saving in January although 39% tend to leave it much later and start putting money away from September onwards. As part…

Cardstream has announced a fraud prevention alliance with Gala Technology, aimed at protecting thousands of embattled Card Not Present Mail Order Telephone Order (CNP MOTO) merchants. By embedding Gala’s SOTpay technology into its Merchant Management System, Cardstream has ensured that its rapidly expanding network of reseller Partners and tens of thousands of merchants will have…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 2% in November, compared with the same month in 2017. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 1% compared with November 2017, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 2%. Second…

A new industry careers site for the credit industry and collections industry has been launched by Credit Connect Media. The website is a careers platform which aims to connect the UK’s top credit and collections industry talent with the best career options. Credit-connection.co.uk is an industry careers website sharing the latest job vacancies and a training course…

Atom bank has joined Pay.UK-owned Bacs Payment Schemes (Bacs), which processes nearly six-and-a-half billion transactions a year worth £4.9 trillion. App-based Atom is the fourth payment service provider (PSP) in under 12 months to sign up to Bacs, reinforcing the continued relevance of established payment options Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit. Paul Horlock, chief…

Unsecured debt has hit a new peak of £15,400 per household according to new analysis by the Trade Union Congress (TUC)  with a further threat of families being pushed further into the red, Debt levels are now higher than before financial crash. The new analysis  by the TUC shows that household debt rose sharply over 2018, with…

Data from the latest report from the Bank of England data shows that the annual growth rate of consumer credit slowed in November 2018, but credit card lending was still 7.9% higher than a year earlier, with other consumer credit lending up by 6.6%. Commenting on the latest figures, StepChange Debt Charity CEO Phil Andrew…

Over one fifth of Brits (22%) say they feel most financially under pressure in January, following the excess of Christmas according to research from TDX Group, an Equifax company. The research indicates that of all the months in the year, January is the most financially difficult, with 26% of females flagging it as a pressure…

French Duncan LLP estimated that last year, approximately 12,000 people in Scotland became insolvent, the highest level since 2013. The firm says the figure could be even higher by the end of 2019, with rising household bills, food costs and stagnating wages contributing to an estimated 230 bankruptcies each week. Eileen Blackburn, French Duncan’s Head…

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