Consumers were less constrained in their leisure spending in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year, according to the latest findings from the Leisure Consumer Q4 2017 report by Deloitte. The quarterly survey of more than 3,000 UK adults found that 2017 ended positively for the leisure sector, with consumer spending increasing in seven…

Almost one in three working-age adults in Northern Ireland are out of work, according to a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report that shows that Northern Ireland’s employment rate is lagging behind the rest of Great Britain. The warning comes as JRF highlights the poverty rates in Northern Ireland and the challenges facing low-income families.…

The Government is due to undertake a major review of university funding and student financing. In its unanimously-agreed Report on Student Loans, the Treasury Committee has made a series of recommendations, which the Government should address as part of its review. Interest rates Justification for high interest rates on student loans is questionable Above-inflation rate…

New data research by onefourzero and GK analysing the credit market has found that consumers now use debt to maintain their spend power. The report analysed demand data for credit cards and overdrafts, and found that reliance on consumer credit has become the new normal; British consumers are borrowing more now than ever before. What was…

The Bank of England has today published its latest monthly Money and Credit report showing growth in consumer credit of 9.5 percent in the year to December 2017 up from 9.3 percent in November. Outstanding balances for consumer credit now stand at over £207.1 billion .The 8.9% growth in credit card lending has pushed the…

Significantly more UK households say they are spending more on essential products and services than they were a year ago, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report. The report has also found that significantly more consumers say they have increased their spending on essentials compared to 12 months ago with 70% of adults…

The Insolvency Service has released its latest statistical release shows the outcome status of Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs). The statistics show: The percentage of IVAs failing within the first two years has increased Ten IVA providers accounted for over 80% of new IVAs registered in 2017. Total insolvencies rose for the second consecutive year, returning…

UK Finance has published the latest mortgage lending figures. Key data highlights from the report include: Mortgage activity has been building through the year, helped by increasing numbers of first-time buyers. Gross mortgage lending in the month is estimated to have been £20.2 billion, 1.2 percent more than a year earlier. Credit card spending decreased slightly…

December mortgage sales in the UK plummeted by 38% (£5.8 billion) on November, according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. Year-on-year sales dropped by 12.8% (£.1.4 billion). Residential figures dropped dramatically by 39.6% (£4.9 billion) on the previous month. Buy-to-let sales also tumbled, falling by 32.1% (£853.7 million) on November. All regions across…

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