New research from NS&I has revealed that 14% of Britons (7 million people) think they may have lost track of a financial product, highlighting the staggering amount of money left dormant with UK financial services providers. And it’s not just savings accounts, with a fifth (20%) admitting there is a possibility that they have lost…

The Treasury Committee has published its response to the Household Finances Report from July. Commenting on the response, Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, said “In its report, the Committee expressed concern about the over-zealous debt collection practices of public authorities. The Government’s rehashing of existing policies in its response adds…

Consumer spending across a wide range of UK business sectors is being restricted due to low awareness levels around the availability of point-of-sale credit options. The figures come from a new research report, which found that if consumers didn’t have the immediate funds to purchase something they wanted, just 6% would think to check if…

More than a quarter of UK consumers would be happy for service providers to share their personal data with other suppliers or third parties, according to new research. The findings were reported in a study completed by outsourced customer contact specialist Echo Managed Services. The company surveyed 1,000 UK residents on their knowledge and attitudes to debt and asked…

Pepper Money (PMB) has finalised the terms to acquire 100% of the second charge lender, Optimum Credit Ltd, from its current owner Patron Capital, as part of its ongoing UK growth strategy. The purchase, which remains subject to regulatory approval, will see Pepper Money acquire Optimum Credit’s entire business, which includes a UK second charge…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that new business volumes in the point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance market grew by 9% in August, compared with the same month in 2017, while the value of new business was up by 14% over the same period. The percentage of…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business in August grew by 10% compared with the same month last year. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 9% compared with August 2017, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 7%. Second…

New statistics published by StepChange Debt Charity have laid bare the alarming scale and changing nature of problem debt in the UK. They show that 326,897 people contacted the charity for help with their debts in just the first six months of 2018. Of the 180,644 who received full debt advice and a recommended debt…

Latest Bank of England consumer lending figures have been revealed which show that household borrowing growth moderated slightly in August. Annual consumer credit growth slowed to 8.1%, while secured lending growth ticked down to 3.1%. The number of approvals for remortgaging, which has been volatile in recent months, increased to 53,125 in August. Net finance…

Citizens Advice has revealed customers who stay loyal to their providers are losing out on over £4 billion a year. The national charity has lodged a super-complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), calling for the regulator to outline how the problem can be fixed. The practice of overcharging loyal customers is widespread and…

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