The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed a range of targeted temporary measures designed as a stop-gap to quickly support users of certain consumer credit products who are facing a financial impact because of the exceptional circumstances arising from coronavirus. The package is intended to complement measures already announced by the government to support mortgage…

LegalTech business ME Group, which solves complex legal disputes using technology, has called for the government to ensure that lenders do not use the recent Bank of England interest-rate cut to boost profits at the expense of borrowers on standard variable rate (SVR) mortgages. ME Group CEO Rob Cooper said that when the Bank took…

The three major credit reference agencies (CRAs), Experian, Equifax and TransUnion have confirmed that consumer credit scores will be protected when people have agreed ‘payment holidays’ in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Payment holidays refer to a pause agreed between an individual and their lender on regular loan payments. Earlier this month…

The Bank of England’s latest money statistics show that the net flow of consumer credit was £0.9 billion in February. There was no additional borrowing on credit cards. Net mortgage borrowing by households hit £4bn, the same total as in January, giving an annual growth rate of 3.5 per cent. Meanwhile, mortgage approvals for house…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for March 2020 Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,680 billion at the end of January 2020. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £60,363 and per adult was £31,845, around 112% of average earnings. Net mortgage lending rose…

Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds have become the first major banks to review overdraft charges, as it aims to help customers struggling financially through the coronavirus crisis. Barclays will waive overdraft charges for a fixed period while Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC are increasing fee-free overdraft buffers to £300. Barclays account holders will have any interest…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that FLA members provided £11.1 billion of new business in January 2020, 2% higher than in the same month in 2019. Growth was driven by the consumer finance sector which reported new business up by 4% compared with January 2019.  It was a…

The latest quarterly Moneyfacts UK Credit Card Trends Treasury Report, which studies the UK personal finance market (unsecured personal loans, credit cards and overdrafts), highlights that average unsecured personal loan rates have increased, with the lower tiers particularly impacted over the last quarter. In the past quarter, tiers to have seen average rates rise include…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new guidance for mortgage lenders and administrators and small business lenders. This supports the announcements made by the Chancellor earlier this week. The new mortgage guidance makes clear that firms should grant customers a payment holiday for an initial period of 3 months, where they may experience payment…

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the second cut in interest rates in just over a week, bringing them down to 0.1% from 0.25%. Interest rates are now at the lowest…

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