New figures from the Registry Trust indicate that in 2018, there were 1,115,099 County Court judgments (CCJs) were registered against consumers in England and Wales, a fall of two percent on 2017. This is the first time in six years that the number of CCJs against consumers has fallen. The average value of a consumer CCJ…

A coalition of charities has urged the Government to take urgent steps to protect people and places in poverty from the financial consequences of Brexit, including no-deal. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), Shelter, Trussell Trust, Child Poverty Action Group, Action for Children, National Children’s Bureau, Poverty Alliance, Turn2us, Barnardos and ATD Fourth World have sent…

New figures released by the Finance Leasing Association (FLA) have shown that the number of second charge repossessions in 2018 was 147, 8.1% higher than in 2017. In the final quarter of 2018, the number of repossessions was 28, down by 26.3% compared to the same period in 2017. The number of properties repossessed during…

Cash points are closing at a rate of 16 per day, the fastest ever recorded, according to consumer group Which? showing that cash machines disappeared at a rate of 488 per month between June and December last year. Over the six months, 2,962 cash points were taken out of service, representing a 4.6% decline in…

Credit risk and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist, Jaywing, has announced the results of an exploratory piece of work undertaken for Newcastle Building Society, to increase the effectiveness of its risk application models using Jaywing’s AI-based product, Archetype. Newcastle Building Society recently undertook some enhancements of its customer risk scores and wanted to understand whether applying…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew in December 2018 by 4% compared with the same month in 2017, and by 5% in Q4 2018 as a whole. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew in December by 5% compared with the same…

Ofgem has announced that the energy price cap for customers on default (including standard variable) tariffs, introduced on 1 January 2019, will increase by £117 to £1,254 per year, from 1 April for the six-month “summer” price cap period. The price cap for pre-payment meter customers will increase by £106 to £1,242 per year for…

People claiming Universal Credit are still struggling to pay for the roof over their heads, despite the wait for their first payment being reduced from six weeks to five, according to new Citizens Advice data. One in two people the charity helped were in rent arrears or fell behind on their mortgage payments, the same…

Latest figures published by the Registry Trust have shown that Scottish debt orders have risen by 7 percent in the past year. During 2018, 24,362 debt decrees registered against Scottish consumers, this was seven percent higher than in 2017. There was also a moderate increase to the combined value of all consumer decrees to £64.1million. The average…

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has released its latest report which shows that it has dealt with around 3,300 inquiries about debt collection and took on over 1,000 new complaints for investigation in 2018. The complaints cover credit and consumer loans, such as mortgages, credit cards and personal or business loans. They don’t include household debts…

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