P PayPlan has been recognised by the Advice Service Alliance for its excellent practice and determined approach to provide clients with the best possible advice and debt solution, during its recent Advice Quality Standard (AQSv2) assessment. The Advice Service Alliance commended the free debt advice provider for recognising the shift in client needs and offering a multiple…

The Bank of England has published its latest mortgage lenders and administrators return (MLAR) is a quarterly statistical release aggregated from data on mortgage lending activities provided by around 340 regulated mortgage lenders and administrators. The figures show that the value of outstanding mortgage balances with some arrears increased for the first time since 2016…

Barclays mobile banking customers can now choose to block their ability to spend with certain types of retailer, in a move designed to help vulnerable customers struggling with addictions. The move is designed to help customers take more control of their finances. The new feature  could help those dealing with gambling problems, for example, to…

Money Advice Service research has revealed that 45% of parents say their children are more likely to pester them for money or to buy them things in the lead up to Christmas. ‘Pester power’ is the ability children have to convince their parents to buy something, by asking for something repeatedly. A third of parents…

Millions of Brits are worried about the cost of Christmas this year, with half revealing they plan to borrow money just to cover expense, a new study has found.   While most will budget just £449 for the festive period – the reality is that we’ll each spend up to a whopping £1,086 on presents, food…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published findings on how mortgage lenders treat customers who have long-term mortgage arrears and provide forbearance to affected customers. The FCA had previously identified that there was a trend of increasing long-term arrears cases, whilst the number of homes being repossessed had been falling. As a result of this…

Charity, Action for Children has warned that the UK risks ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty as a new analysis of official government data¹ shows a million children under 10 years old face a desperate Christmas this year. The Charity says that ss other young children spend December writing their Christmas wish-list to Santa, a million under-10s from low-income…

One-in-five people (22 percent) say they have previously borrowed money from friends and family to help pay for Christmas even though the majority are embarrassed about asking, a new survey reveals. The research, commissioned by Curve,  examines how people in the UK plan to finance their spending this holiday season. The results expect the average…

The value of residential mortgages written off by banks and building societies has increased by 58% in the last year, jumping from £77 million to £122 million in the year to 30 June  2018 according to new analysis by Moore Stephens. Moore Stephens says the increase could be an early sign of distress in the…

According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s UK Poverty 2018 study, water arrears weighs heaviest on the poorest families – ahead of other debts including council tax, rent and energy bills. The findings echo the concerns of the Consumer Council for Water (CC Water) which has been pressing water companies to do more to ensure financial support reaches the…

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