A  new report by Which? has revealed how the broken deposit system is placing financial pressure on renters, with some tenants facing weeks to get their money returned or having to challenge charges that they feel are unreasonable. The consumer champion’s findings reveal that two in five (43%) renters that faced moving costs used a…

Nearly 1 in 10 UK adults (9%) have been defrauded via their debit or credit card in the last year, equating to 4.7 million people across the country. This is according to a poll of 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Compare the Market, which found that nearly 5 million people have had their credit card,…

Most (77%) UK consumers have made a contactless payment in the last year, with over 19 million (37%) now saying contactless is their first-choice payment method for purchases under £30, according to new research, commissioned by GoCompare Money. The research reveals that 77% of people (40 million) have made a contactless payment in the last 12…

NatWest has confirmed that debit card payments were not working for two hours yesterday. A spokeswoman for the bank apologised to those affected and said none would be left out of pocket. In response to the news Sam Murrant, Senior Payments Analyst at GlobalData, said “The payments industry is increasingly moving towards an assumption that…

The Bank of England (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today voted to increase interest rates to 0.75 percent, its highest level since 2009. Commenting on today’s decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to raise interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, StepChange Debt Charity urges policymakers to keep a…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has opened a new consultation on rules and guidance to improve conduct standards and communications in the payment services and e-money sectors. The Consultation Paper proposes to extend the application of the Principles for Businesses and certain specific rules about promotions and communications so that they cover wider categories of…

New figures from analytic software specialist Fico with Euromonitor International and UK Finance, has indicated that the UK has made significant gains in the fight against payments card fraud in 2017. France and the UK achieved reductions of 6 and 8 percent, respectively, for the biggest reductions in net fraud losses. This is despite losses across the…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published it’s ”Assessing creditworthiness in consumer credit’ policy statement which provides rules and guidance on assessing creditworthiness in consumer credit. The announcement coincides with the Bank of England revealing the amount of credit held by UK households increased by £3.7 billion in June and the rate of credit card…

The Bank of England has published its latest monthly Money and Credit report showing consumer credit growth remained at 8.8 percent in the year to June 2018. Outstanding balances for consumer credit stand at £213.2 billion. The figures are published days after the Office of National Statistics revealed that British households spent around £900 more…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the outcome of a programme of behavioural research. The research looked at different ways repayment options can be presented to credit card customers to encourage those making low repayments to repay more when they can afford it. Together with the measures introduced on persistent credit card debt and earlier intervention (which…