The spending limit for contactless card payments will be increased from £30 to £45, with a national roll-out beginning from 1st April 2020, UK Finance has announced. The decision to raise the limit was taken following consultation between the retail sector and the finance and payments industry and follows similar increases in several other European…

The latest quarterly Moneyfacts UK Credit Card Trends Treasury Report, which studies the UK personal finance market (unsecured personal loans, credit cards and overdrafts), highlights that average unsecured personal loan rates have increased, with the lower tiers particularly impacted over the last quarter. In the past quarter, tiers to have seen average rates rise include…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published new guidance for mortgage lenders and administrators and small business lenders. This supports the announcements made by the Chancellor earlier this week. The new mortgage guidance makes clear that firms should grant customers a payment holiday for an initial period of 3 months, where they may experience payment…

The Vision Blue Group has announced that it has rebranded as The Aryza Group. With a head office in Dublin, Vision Blue will bring together its range of financial services products, under a new brand designed to reflect the breadth of the offering to financial service providers and their customers. Colin Brown, Chief Executive Officer…

The Bank of England has cut interest rates again in an emergency move as it tries to support the UK economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the second cut in interest rates in just over a week, bringing them down to 0.1% from 0.25%. Interest rates are now at the lowest…

Direct cash support for affected households, a pause on debt enforcement, and urgent support for those who fall behind on their rent and council tax are among the immediate measures needed from Government to support households through the Covid-19 crisis – according to a new call from two of the UK’s largest debt advice charities.…

Further to the Chancellor’s announcement regarding the mortgage industry’s support for homeowners who are experiencing financial issues due to COVID-19, lenders representing banks, building societies and other specialist lenders have come together to announce additional support for homeowners and residential landlords. In a joint announcement UK Finance and the Building Society Association (BSA) said that…

New emergency measures with the energy industry have been agreed by the government to protect the domestic energy supply of those most in need during the disruption caused by the coronavirus. As part of new measures, customers with pre-payment meters who may not be able to add credit can speak to their supplier about options…

The government has announced a radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time. Emergency legislation will be taken forward as an urgent priority so that landlords will not be…

The government has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to support a greater number of British businesses and individuals as the coronavirus outbreak causes major economic disruption. In an announcement Chancellor Rishi Sunak said government would “stand behind businesses small and large”, pledging government-backed and guaranteed loans “to get through this” as he announced the…