New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the number of second charge mortgage repossessions in Q3 2019 was 25, 30.1% lower than in the third quarter of 2018. The rate of second charge mortgage repossessions (as a percentage of outstanding agreements) was 0.06% in the twelve months to September 2019.…

Debt purchasing group Arrow Global is to develop its fund management capabilities after swallowing a 15.1% rise in costs related to IFRS 16. Despite the group’s profits before tax increasing 65.6% to £42.4m and cashflow increasing 14.7% to £174.4m, underlying profits fell 5.4% to £50.4m in the nine months ending in September. Commenting on the…

Households struggling to pay their council tax are being pushed into further debt as outdated regulations see councils resort to bailiffs to collect arrears, says Citizens Advice in its latest research. Citizens Advice says under current rules when people miss a single council tax payment they automatically became liable for the full year’s bill. The…

The Credit Services Association, the voice of the UK debt collection and debt purchase sectors, has maintained its Silver accreditation from Investor in Customers, and it has been congratulated for continuing to provide an outstanding experience to its Members. The independent Investor in Customers (IIC) assessment process surveys employees, management and customers to determine the…

Nine out of 10 business owners across construction suffer a range of mental health issues due to payment and other business pressures, according to a survey run by leading engineering services trade bodies BESA and ECA. The new survey, conducted in association with 25 other construction trade bodies, found that business owners have an array…

Energy regulator, Ofgem has called for insolvency firms to treat customers more fairly when they are left in debt when energy companies collapse. Fourteen small energy firms have exited the domestic energy market since 2018. Toto Energy became the seventh small supplier to go out of business this year in October – just three months…

Credit management service provider, Cabot Credit Management has announced the financial results for nine months ending 30th September 2019. The show that the credit services firm revenues increased to £279.8 million up 12 percent on the £250.5 million from the same period in 2018. Debt purchase collections reached £354.8 million over the first nine months…

StepChange debt charity has published the key measures that it wants the next Government to prioritise to address the harm of problem debt and to help households build greater financial resilience for the future. The StepChange election manifesto calls on each of the political parties to commit to these measures during the General Election campaign.…

Citizens Advice is calling on the next government to take action to prevent some of the problems faced by over 2.5 million people who seek its help each year. As part of its 2019 election manifesto the charity is calling for major reforms across welfare, debt, housing, consumer markets and energy. Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of…

A decade of low pay has driven working families deep into the red, and in nominal terms, household debt has risen 1.5 times faster than wages since 2010. according to new analysis published by the TUC. Real wages in the North East still haven’t recovered to their 2008 levels – the longest pay squeeze in centuries.…

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