Peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter has been granted full regulatory authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Launched in 2010, RateSetter is opening access for everyday investors to the asset class of loans by matching lenders directly to creditworthy consumer and commercial borrowers. In July, RateSetter passed the milestone of £2bn in total lending and has…

Suppliers must do more to help those in debt, Ofgem has said, as new research shows that customers are building up on average over £600 in unpaid bills on their gas and electricity accounts before suppliers step in to help them manage paying it back. Ofgem has published its annual report on how suppliers treat…

The Central Bank of Ireland has made an application today to the High Court to have provisional liquidators appointed to Charleville Credit Union . David O’ Connor and Jim Hamilton of BDO were appointed as joint provisional liquidators. The Central Bank has made this application as it has formed the view that Charleville Credit Union …

The government has confirmed it’s draft legislation to create a price cap in the energy market. Responding to the announcement Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “The runaway costs of default energy tariffs need to be tackled, and this draft bill is an important step towards an energy market that works better for…

Vanquis Bank is among the latest firms to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending illegal marketing texts and emails. Vanquis Bank based in Bradford, instigated a campaign to send 870,849 spam text messages and 620,000 spam emails to promote its credit cards. Both the emails and texts broke the law because…

Ofgem has announced that around one million households will save £120 a year on average when it extends its prepayment safeguard tariff for more vulnerable people this winter. Ofgem will also work on extending price protection to at least a further 2 million vulnerable households for winter next year once the timing of the Government’s price cap…

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Chief Executive Officer  Andrew Bailey said he does not view the shift to PCP based lending as ‘per se bad.’ In a speech, Bailey said: “It seems to me to recognise the nature of a car as an asset, that is, consumers are comfortable renting rather than owning the car.” “This…

The Prime Minister’s has announced plans for a cap on energy bills at the Conservative Party Conference. Citizens Advice has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of legislation to tackle high energy bills, saying it could provide a solution to runaway energy costs. The national charity has also called for the government to look at protecting low-income…

The UK’s new payment system operator has announced the appointment of its first five Board members: Anna Bradley – Chair, Rail Safety and Standards Board Becky Clements – Head of Industry Engagement and Payment Change at Metro Bank Russell Saunders – Managing Director Global Payments at Lloyds Banking Group Peter Wyman – Chairman, Care Quality Commission…

The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) and the BCCA have announced the completion of their merger. This brings to a close the process that was first announced in late July. Jason Wassell, formerly Chief Executive of the BCCA has been appointed to run the new organisation said “Through this merger, we believe that we can better represent the…

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