New analysis by StepChange Debt Charity has reveals that two in five clients who received advice in 2017 were behind on at least one of their essential household bills (such as energy bills, council tax, mortgage or rent). Across Great Britain, the charity estimates the number of people behind on priority bills was over three…

Fraud prevention service Cifas has announced its conference line up for this year’s annual conference. Senior figures from leading fraud prevention organisations across the globe will come together in London to discuss international approaches to tackling fraud and financial crime. CEOs from South Africa, the US, Australia and the Netherlands will come together on stage…

Consumers are under-protected should serious illness strike, according to new research from Scottish Widows. Despite more than a fifth (21%) of people admitting their household wouldn’t survive financially if they lost their income due to long-term illness, fewer than one in 10 (9%) have a critical illness policy. People are, in fact, more likely to…

New research by Consumers’ Association brand Which has revealed that the most expensive overdraft fees cost seven times as much as a payday loan. Which says it first raised the alarm over these fees in 2016 and is concerned that, despite scrutiny from the regulator, not enough has been done to protect consumers from these sky-high fees.…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for May 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.584 trillion at the end of April 2018. This is up from £1.53 trillion at the end of April 2017– an extra £1,026.74 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of £30,601 in…

The Bank of England has announced that it has made a decision to keep interest rates at 0.5%. The news will provide respite to debtors as latest figures from Stepchange reveal that Outstanding lending to individuals is £1,584 billion as at end March 2018. With £209.2 billion is outstanding consumer credit (£70.7 billion on credit cards).…

UK Finance’s latest Mortgage Arrears and Possessions Update for the first quarter of 2018 reveals that: There were 78,800 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in the first quarter of 2018, 8 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year and the lowest…

Debt charity, StepChange has revealed thousands are struggling with problem debt in Scotland. Drawing on client data from January to December 2017 titled Scotland in the Red the report reveals that: Record numbers are contacting StepChange for help in Scotland; nearly 20,000 people sought debt help in 2017. Those seeking help have seen a real-terms decrease in…

Credit Kudos has announced that it has successfully rolled-out of Open Banking connections with the largest UK banks, becoming the first credit bureau to offer Open Banking services to lenders and individuals. Borrowers can now use Credit Kudos to verify income and demonstrate creditworthiness using their financial history data, giving individuals more control over their…

More than half of consumers with debt are struggling according to a new poll that reveals most people take on the strain themselves rather than seek help. The Nationwide Building Society poll of more than 2,000 UK adults reveals that of those in debt, 57 percent are experiencing debt problems and feel like they are…

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