The Scottish government risks missing its child poverty targets by some distance as poverty levels are set to rise rather than fall over the next five years, according to new analysis published by the Resolution Foundation. The analysis shows that, following large falls in the 2000s, relative child poverty has been rising since 2011-12. The…

A survey by Comparethemarket.com has revealed consumers attitudes towards credit and how debt is impacting their lives. The price comparison site wanted to discover the main reasons why people get into debt and how it affects their lives, in particular, their relationships and mental health. The survey found that 45% of consumers are in debt,…

Research carried out by financial advice website Moneycomms.co.uk and supported by credit experts TotallyMoney has revealed that credit card cash withdrawals cost UK consumers £219 million in fees and interest last year. In the 12-month period, there were more than 36 million credit card cash transactions. The average amount withdrawn or spent was £125. Every time a…

New research by UK Finance has found that a total of £1.66 billion of unauthorised fraud was prevented by the banking and finance industry in 2018, effectively stopping £2 in every £3 of attempted unauthorised fraud, During the same period, a total of £1.20 billion was stolen by criminals committing both authorised and unauthorised fraud.…

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service with over 450 members, has released new figures showing a marked increase in the number of individuals committing insurance fraud with false claims. Between 2017 and 2018, there has been a nationwide increase of 27% in fraudulent insurance claims. The new figures reveal that Cifas members identified household…

A high number of consumers don’t know how to manage their finances in a responsible manner, according to research. A survey of 1,000 UK adults, carried out by personal insolvency practice Creditfix, found that only 34% of consumers admit they feel ‘in control’ of their finances. An overwhelming number (57%) said they couldn’t even confirm…

Contactless transactions have risen 31 percent year-on-year in 2018, to latest data from banking trade body UK Finance. The current payment limit with a contactless card is £30, more than which a Pin must be used. But an increase in usage throughout 2018 is expected to lead to an increase in that maximum, although those…

The latest stress test analysis carried out by the Bank of England (BOE) reveals the core banking sector is now holding over three times the amount of capital ratio than before the global financial crisis. Consumers, on the other hand, are less prepared than they were in 2008. The UK households’ saving ratio has almost…

Brilliant Energy Supply, an energy supplier with about 17,000 domestic customers, has ceased to trade. Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of Brilliant Energy’s customers, including those supplied under a ‘white label’ arrangement with Northumbria Energy, will continue and the outstanding credit balances of domestic customers will be protected. Ofgem will choose a new…

The Treasury Committee has published a unanimously-agreed Report on Economic Crime – Anti-money laundering supervision and sanctions implementation. The report outlines that: More precise estimate of the scale of economic crime in the UK needed Government should review the UK’s anti-money laundering supervision more frequently UK shouldn’t compromise in the fight against economic crime to…

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