New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew in December 2018 by 4% compared with the same month in 2017, and by 5% in Q4 2018 as a whole. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew in December by 5% compared with the same…

Gala Technology, developer of cloud-based, PCI DSS compliant payment solution SOTpay, has announced that it has won a PCI: 2019 Award For Excellence in January to follow up on their recent ‘Best Use Of Technology’ within a contact centre win at the national UKCCF awards in November. Jason Mace, Chairman of Gala Technology said “We are delighted…

The Financial Conduct Authority’s new rules on authorised push payment (APP) fraud have launched today (Thursday 31st January). Under the new rules, victims of Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud can now complain to the payment services provider (PSP) receiving their payment. In the case of APP fraud, the PSP is often a bank which holds the…

The Bank of England has today published its latest monthly Money and Credit report showing consumer credit growth slowed to 6.6 percent in the year to December 2018. Outstanding balances for consumer credit stand at £215.6 billion. The Bank of England says that the credit growth slow down reflects the continuation of relatively weak flows…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for January 2019: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.613 trillion at the end of November 2018. This is up from £1.569 trillion at the end of November 2017, an extra £898.71 per UK adult and £78.15 higher than the previous month. The…

UK Finance has published its Household Finance update for December 2018 which have revealed that over £11 billion spent on credit cards which showed an 8.8 per cent increase when compared with the same month the previous year. The outstanding level of credit card borrowing grew by 4.7 per cent in the twelve months to December. Personal…

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has published its final terms of reference for a market review into the supply of card-acquiring services. Card payments are an increasingly important payment method, with debit cards becoming the most frequently used payment method in 2017. For businesses to accept card payments, they need to buy card-acquiring4 services. The cost of…

The latest statistics from Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) have highlighted a 10% rise in bankruptcies with an overall increase in Scottish personal insolvencies continuing to be driven by growth in the protected trust deed (PTD) market. In the third quarter of 2018-19 covering the period 1st October to 31st December, there were 1,981 PTDs in…

Automated payments hit an all-time high in 2018 with brand new annual, monthly, and daily records set. Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs), owned by leading retail payments authority Pay.UK, processed a mammoth 6.4 billion transactions worth just shy of £5 trillion across the year. That continues more than a decade of growth – back in…

Consumers are starting 2019 with outstanding borrowing from 2017, with 3.1 million people still paying for Christmas 2017 according to a new study by Sainsbury’s Bank Credit Cards. The study found more than a quarter (27%) of people have debt remaining from two years ago. This New Year, UK adults still owe money from 2017…

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