New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business fell in November 2020 by 16% compared with the same month in 2019, and remained 18% lower in the eleven months to November 2020 than in the same period in 2019. The retail store and online credit sector reported…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the consumer car finance market reported a fall in new business volumes of 24% in November 2020 compared with the same month in 2019.  In the eleven months to November 2020, new business volumes in this market were 20% lower than in the…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned that up to 4,000 financial services companies were at a ‘heightened risk’ of collapse even before the second wave of coronavirus struck. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published the results of its coronavirus financial resilience surveys. The surveys were sent to solo-regulated firms to inform the FCA…

The third national lockdown announced by the Government this week will see the majority of university students stay at home rather than return to their campuses and courses in person. However, staying with families beyond the Christmas break is set to put additional pressure on household finances, according to research from comparethemarket.com. The findings show…

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is warning of a council tax debt ‘explosion’ as the impact of the pandemic makes a bad situation even worse in 2021 as clients have racked up millions in arrears. Council tax debt is currently the number one debt issue the Citizens Advice Bureau network sees. Analysis of figures for 2019/20…

Half a million private renters in the UK are behind on their rent, with protections against eviction due to expire this weekend, according to new analysis by Citizens Advice. The charity has warned that the news comes as the country enters another period of national lockdown, causing further economic hardship. Renters have already been badly…

The Bank of England (BoE) latest figures have revealed that households repaid just over £1.5 billion of credit card debt, personal loans and car finance in November, with weaker consumer spending with the second national lockdown believed to be a contributing factor. Net consumer lending dropping by £1.54 billion marking a 6.7% decline on the…

Consumer spending declined 7.1% year-on-year in 2020, as coronavirus restrictions impacted many sectors, with high-street retailers and hospitality hardest hit according to new data from Barclaycard. Yet there were some bright spots as changing consumer behaviours spurred e-commerce growth, while the rise of the ‘insperience economy’ saw digital services and subscriptions boom as consumers spent…

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