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…

To celebrate Talk Money Week (12th-18th November), debt charity Stepchange has revealed new evidence from clients about how taking debt advice is helping them feel better, sleep better, and feel more confident about making ends meet. The charity has introduced a major new rolling client tracking survey to capture information about what kind of differences people report…

According to ender Welendus, 15% of short-term loan applications are being made to cover household bills. 42% of loan requests were to pay for surprise bills, Of the 35,000 loans peer-to-peer lender Welendus has received this year, 5,000 have been to meet the cost of regular bills. The FCA-approved ethical lender has revealed that 2,400…

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…

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 consumer finance new business fell by 1% in September, compared with the same month last year. In Q3 2018, new business grew by 5% compared with the same quarter in 2017. In September, credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 4%…

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…

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