UK Finance has today published its figures on regional lending trends for the UK mortgage market in 2017 Q4. The figures reveal that in both Scotland and Northern Ireland, the number of first-time buyers and remortgagers have reached their highest levels for a decade. Meanwhile, the Welsh mortgage market continues to grow at a steady…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it has as launched a consultation on how technology can improve and facilitate regulatory compliance. The FCA regularly explores how technology can make our regulations more efficient and reduce the regulatory burden on firms. One of the ways we do this is through ‘TechSprints’ that bring together…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for February 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.572 trillion at the end of December 2017. This is up from £1.512 trillion at the end of December 2016 – an extra £1,105.77 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average…

Vernon Building Society has announced the appointment of Steve Fletcher as its new Chief Executive. Fletcher succeeds Mike Hanson, who has retired. Fletcher joins from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, where he was head of customer banking networks. Fletcher says: “I am delighted to be joining the society at such an important and exciting time in its…

According to new research by Visa, household spending fell by 1.2 percent in January, compared to a year ago. This is the first time there has been such a decline since 2013 Mark Antipof, Chief Commercial Officer at Visa, commented “Consumer spending entered the New Year on a downbeat note, falling for the eighth time in…

The Insolvency Service has announced that two directors involved in a debt management business whose actions caused distress to members of the public who were already in financial difficulty have been disqualified. Stephen Anthony Wooley and Kevin John Dursley gave disqualification undertakings to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy following an investigation…

Mortgage lending for first-time buyers, home movers and buy to let purchases all fell in December 2017 compared to the previous year. UK Finance’s latest mortgage trends update reveals. However, 2017 overall saw the highest number of first-time buyers (365,000) since 2006. There were 30,800 new first-time buyer mortgages completed in December, 5.2 percent fewer…

A drop in the average UK house price of the scale seen in the last financial crisis would put nearly half a million households at risk of negative equity according to analysis by third-party mortgage servicer Computershare. Computershare has forecast that the value of 4.12% of properties – or approximately 458,000 households – would drop…

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