Latest figures from UK Finance show 1.82 million mortgage payment holidays have been issued as of 20th May 2020 – equivalent to one in six mortgages issued by lenders. UK Finance says Lenders have welcome the FCA’s draft guidance consultation published today, and the PRA’s related publication, on the next steps for those borrowers already on…

A survey of customers by debt advice provider Financial Wellness Group has revealed how lockdown has impacted the finances of those already on a debt solution. Almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) had experienced a drop in household income since the lockdown started. The study shows the vital importance of the Government Job Retention Scheme: 38%…

IHS Markit’s UK household finance index has shown that overall perceptions of financial wellbeing in UK households recorded a score of 37.8 in May, representing a slight increase from the previous month’s eight-and-a-half-year low of 34.9. While the headline number did rise, it remained among the worst seen since the survey’s inception in 2009 and…

Young people are finding it increasingly difficult to pay their bills, as the economic impact of COVID-19 continues to hit household finances and the wider economy. According to the third week of comparethemarket.com’s Household Financial Confidence Tracker, a quarter (25%) of those aged 18 to 24 struggled to make ends meet over the last week…

Consumer spending fell 36.5% in April compared with the same month last year, according to Barclaycard data, as shops and pubs shut to limit the spread of COVID-19. The contraction came despite a strong performance of grocery shopping and online sales. Data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card…

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor has announced. In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said…

Families are coming to terms with the fact that their finances could be negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic long after the lockdown lifts. According to the second week of comparethemarket.com’s Financial Confidence Tracker, over two thirds (67%) of households with children at home think the economic impact of the pandemic will have a long-term…

Age UK has written an open letter to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to help older and vulnerable customers who are struggling to get cash as the lockdown continues, saying that “we are now approaching a critical time in the crisis…for older people.” The letter asks the FCA to consider introducing guidance to force banks…

The Bank of England had published its latest banking statistics which have indicated that mortgage approvals for house purchase fell to 56,200, their lowest level since March 2013. House purchase decreased by 24 per cent from almost 74,000 in February, hitting their lowest level for seven years. The Bank of England data shows that while…

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