The first biometric fingerprint credit card issued by a UK bank has begun its three-month national trial. NatWest is piloting cutting-edge, biometric fingerprint technology with 150 customers, in partnership with Mastercard and Gemalto, a Thales Company. The bank has previously piloted biometric debit cards, but this will be the first-time credit cards have been issued.…

The merger between Charter Court Financial Services and OneSavings Bank has been completed. The deal unites the specialist mortgage brands of Kent Reliance and Precise Mortgages however both will continue to operate as separate brands. Charter Court, owner of Precise Mortgages, stakeholders will own 45% of the combined group whilst OneSavings Bank, owner of Kent…

Poverty is rising for all groups – even those in work – according to a new financial inclusion monitor report. The report from the University of Birmingham and the University of Lincoln shows nearly 1.6 million people falling behind with council tax payments, with six in ten people in the poorest fifth of the population reporting…