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…

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 fell by 8% in November, compared with the same month in 2016, while the value of new business increased by 2% over the same period. The percentage of private…

Italy’s Intesa Sanpaolo is considering selling its debt collection business and a bad loan portfolio to Sweden’s Intrum Justitia the two companies have said in separate statements. The move would mark a change of strategy for the Italian lender which set up the bad loan unit, called Capital Light Bank, back in 2014 and has…

Romania’s Alpha has agreed to sell debt portfolio valued at €360m. The bank said that portfolio will be acquired by entities financed by a consortium of international investors including Deutsche Bank, funds advised by AnaCap Financial Partners and funds advised by APS Investments. The completion of the transaction is subject to the relevant regulatory approvals.…

Almost £5 million in council tax went uncollected across Wolverhampton last year while a further £1.5 million in business rates was also unpaid. Councillor Wendy Thompson, Conservative leader on the Labour-controlled Wolverhampton council, said: “I find this absolutely shocking. It is a huge amount of money – and just think of what could have been…

Millions of pounds are owed to Dundee City Council by tenants in rent arrears according to a new report by the Evening Telegraph. Figures provided to the Telegraph show that more than £2 million of debt has been accrued by council tenants in the city who have defaulted on their payments to the local authority.…

New data released by the Ministry of Justice indicates that the number of mortgage possession claims and orders made in county courts has increased in the last 6 months. Sellhousefast.uk, who help homeowners with the prospect of repossession, decided to investigate this issue, to determine which local authorities in England and Wales are most at…

The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) is warning against water companies being able to give to customers with one hand while taking from them with the other in the 2019 Price Review. The water watchdog has welcomed Ofwat’s tighter squeeze on companies’ financing costs which will help to keep bills down in the future. But…

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 fell by 7% in October, compared with the same month in 2016, while the value of new business was up by 2% over the same period. The percentage of…

Online research from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, reveals that 43% of British adults don’t have any personal savings set aside for unexpected financial events such as unemployment, illness or urgent repairs to their home. The survey, conducted by YouGov ahead of the recent Bank of England rate rise, found that nearly one…

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