New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 147% in April 2021 compared with the same month in 2020.  In the first four months of 2021, new business was 1% higher than in the same period in 2020. The retail store and online credit sector…

Consumer credit technology and outsourced services provider, EQ Credit Services (EQCS) is announcing a new seven-year contract to provide a digital loan platform and collections services to 247 Money. The deal follows a successful three-year partnership where EQCS provided its API-led credit servicing platform and collections services to 247 Money. EQCS’s technology means 247 Money…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that second charge mortgage new business volumes grew by 176% in April 2021 Commenting on the latest new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Director of Consumer & Mortgage Finance and Inclusion at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said…

The number of consumers considering personal loans has fallen by a quarter (24%), according to new research by MoneySuperMarket. Figures analysed by the price comparison website show that as pandemic restrictions near their end, the home improvement trend might have peaked. The boom in home improvements under lockdown and loan interest underlines this but between…

Latest Bank of England (BoE) figures show that consumers continued making net repayments of consumer credit in April 2021. The figures show that households collectively made a £377 million net repayment in consumer credit, the repayment figures included credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts. Analysis shows that while people have been making significant net consumer…

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has published its annual complaints data for the 2020/21 financial year (April 2020-March 2021) with commentary and insight. The overall number of new complaints received increased by 2% to 278,033, compared to the 271,468 complaints received in the 2019/20 financial year. Excluding the number of PPI complaints, the figures reveal a…

UK Finance and the Building Societies Association (BSA) are calling for further help for those struggling to pay their mortgage due to the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisations are calling for changes to Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) which is currently offered to help homeowners to avoid their financial situation deteriorating by…

More than half of drivers (51%) are intending to buy a new or used car in the next six months, now that showrooms have re-opened and travel curbs are being lifted, according to research from comparethemarket.com. Drivers are set to spend an average of £15,042 on these cars, with 39% planning to buy either an…

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