Scottish Building Society has appointed Raymond Abbott as its new Chairman, Abbott takes over the role from Rob Golbourn who will remain as non-executive director until he retires from the Board in October. Abbott, who is a chartered accountant, has been vice-chairman and senior independent director at the Society since 2015, and a member of the Board since…

Virgin Money has announced a new partnership with Countrywide Surveying Services to support new build, custom build and shared ownership borrowers. The move follows the lender launching a range of custom build and shared ownership products last month. Countrywide will provide a specialist and operational team dedicated to all new home valuation instructions, supporting borrowing on properties…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show growth of 7% in consumer finance new business in June, compared with the same month last year, and growth of 4% in the second quarter of 2017 overall. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 10% compared with June 2016, while…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that point of sale (POS) consumer new car finance business volumes fell by 8% in June, compared with the same month in 2016, while the value of new business was flat over the same period. In the second quarter of 2017 overall, new business…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the second charge mortgage growth continued in June. Commenting on the June 2017 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said “In June, the second charge…

Complaints about consumer credit including payday loans and hire purchase showed a rise in the second quarter according to latest statistics released by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Consumer credit complaints totalled 7,281 in the three months to June 30, up from 5,846 in the same period last year. Payday loans, which provide short-term credit at…

Credit decisioning specialist Zoot,  has announced a partnership with credit scorecards specialist Credit Kudos. The combination will enable lenders to easily incorporate account transaction data into their existing risk process, leveraging Credit Kudos’ pre-configured risk models through Zoot’s cloud-based platform integrating data and scoring to create a seamless application process. Adam Jackson, Zoot’s Managing Director…

UK Finance has announced the latest first-time buyer activity statistics which show continued growth in June. Here is an overview of the main statistics: On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, UK Finance data shows that mortgage lending in June rose: First-time buyers borrowed £5.9bn, up 26% on the previous month and 9% on June 2016. This…

Developments in the wider economy are making it more challenging for homebuyers and savers. Building societies continue to support both groups and maintained a high market share of new mortgage lending and savings in the second quarter of 2017 according to latest figures from the Building Society Association Building societies approved 112,340 new mortgage loans.…

Data from Barclaycard has revealed that consumer spending has risen by 3.5%. The data shows that consumers received some respite from a continued drop in petrol prices, which have fallen from an average of 120p per litre at the start of the year to 113p last month. As a result, expenditure on the forecourt increased…

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