The Irish Central Bank has published its April update on the Tracker Mortgage Examination, showing that, at end-March, banks and smaller lenders had paid out €459 million to customers affected by their failings. This is an increase of €162 million since the December update on the Examination. The update also showed that an additional 3,400…

Levels of arrears and repossessions are expected to grow this year, according to Jackie Bennett, Director of Mortgages at UK Finance, at the UK Finance Speaking at a UK Finance annual mortgage lunch,  Bennett noted that arrears were at a historic low in 2017 with 89,000 people with arrears balances of 2.5% or more of their…

Greater organisational collaboration across the financial services sector, working alongside law enforcement and Government agencies, will be the key means of putting cybercriminals out of business according to the latest report from UK Finance and KPMG launched today. The report, “Staying Ahead of Cybercrime”  discusses how greater cooperation both within businesses and between firms, law enforcement…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is urging the public to be alert to the growing threat of loan fee scams targeting borrowers. This plea comes as last year over £3.5 million was lost to loan fee fraud and reports to the FCA consumer helpline increased by 44%. Victims of loan fee fraud are often targeted…

More than four in 10 consumers have admited they struggle to make ends meet financially, a study has found. The findings, from a survey of 2,000 UK adults, revealed 43 per cent are short of the cash they need to pay the bills an average of seven months each year.But one quarter said money is…

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced changes to the definition of income between consumer hire leases and consumer credit after a response to its consultation. In December of last year, the FCA made a call for leasing businesses to respond to the regulator. Under the current rule, FCA fees for regulated credit agreements such…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for April 2018: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.578 trillion at the end of February 2018. This is up from £1.53 trillion at the end of February 2017– an extra £1,169.92 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of…

The first non-bank payment service provider (PSP) has joined a UK payment system settling in central bank money. TransferWise, a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)-regulated PSP facilitating the international transfer of payments, is now a direct participant in the UK’s Faster Payments system. A key component of this work involved the Bank extending settlement account access…

According to research by Callcredit Information Group, 30% of consumers see defaulting on a loan payment as being the fault of the lender rather than the borrower. The study also revealed that consumers are increasingly feeling financial pressure, with almost half (45%) saying the financial burden on their personal finances has increased and that they…

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