Three Irish Credit Unions in South Dublin have announced that they will merge in a move that will create one of the top 10 community lenders by size. The merger of Capital, Francis Street and St Kevin’s has been ratified and means that the new combined entity will have 48,000 members. Capital has already taken over…

The Money Shop has announced that it has stopped giving high-cost short-term loans to new or existing customers. The Money Shop, part of the Dollar Financial group, who also own the  Payday UK and Payday Express brand which both stopped lending last year. The business is now believed to be focused on travel money, pawn-broking and gold…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for August 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.592 trillion at the end of June 2018. This is up from £1.545 trillion at the end of June 2017– an extra £900.74 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of…

Polish Credit Union UK has been placed in administration. In an announcement on the company website, the Credit Union said that Dean Watson and Paul Stanley of Begbies Traynor have been appointed as Administrators. Polish Credit Union UK was launched in 2013 and has 500 members under its name. The union has been declared in…

The Central Bank of Ireland has publishised its third report on the financial condition of the credit union sector. Data focuses on trends in the period 31 March 2013 to 31 March 2018, including analysis by credit union asset size and common bond type. The primary focus of this publication is to provide analysis of data…

Provident Financial has announced its financial results for the first half of this year which indicate a fall in profits. Provident statutory pre-tax profits for the six months to 30 June of £34.6m in H1 2018, down from £73.3m in H1 2017; a drop of £38.7m. Its adjusted pre-tax profits fared better, dropping from £98.6m to £74.9m.  Adjusted…

Provident Financial has announced that it has appointed Patrick Snowball, as its Chairman and non-executive director. He will join the Board as Chairman on 21st September 2018. Stuart Sinclair, Interim Chairman, will retire from the Board. Snowball s an experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, following a distinguished career in the insurance and…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has opened a consultation on new rules for loan-based crowdfunding platforms. The changes the FCA is proposing are designed to address the ways in which the loan-based crowdfunding model has developed since the FCA last reviewed the sector in December 2016. The FCA has observed the variety of loan-based crowdfunding business…

Quick Loans has announced it has completed the purchase of the Cheque Centre, with the aim of relaunching the brand. Once the second biggest lender on the UK high street, the Cheque Centre, which had a turnover of over £270million and boasted 300 stores, went into administration in the summer of 2017 after the board decided…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for July 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.5877 trillion at the end of May 2018. This is up from £1.54 trillion at the end of May 2017– an extra £920.71 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of £30,670 in…

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