Over two million people in the UK are stuck in a constant cycle of persistent overdraft debt, according to a new report – ‘Stuck in the Red’ – by StepChange Debt Charity. The report also highlights evidence of unaffordable lending in the overdraft market and cases where banks have failed to offer their customers a…

Online research from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert, reveals that 43% of British adults don’t have any personal savings set aside for unexpected financial events such as unemployment, illness or urgent repairs to their home. The survey, conducted by YouGov ahead of the recent Bank of England rate rise, found that nearly one…

New data released by Cifas shows a sharp rise in the number of 18 to 24-year-olds who are letting their bank accounts be used to transfer the proceeds of crime. The statistics reveal a 75 percent increase in the misuse of bank accounts involving 18 to 24-year-olds during the first nine months of 2017, compared…

New analysis by Citizen Advice has shown that in just three months consumers paid an average of £160 towards unwanted subscriptions like gym memberships, television, insurance and online streaming services. With the rise of subscription services available, Citizens Advice is warning consumers that while it may be easy to sign up for these services, they…

Recognising the recent concerns raised both in Parliament and by third sector organisations about universal credit, the Government have announced that they in the Autumn Budget that they will: Offer an interest-free advance of up to a month’s worth of universal credit within five days for those who need it and who have an underlying…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show growth of 3% in consumer finance new business in September, compared with the same month last year. In Q3 2017, new business grew by 6% compared with the same quarter in 2016. In September, credit card and personal loan new business together grew by…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for November 2017: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.557 trillion at the end of September 2017. This is up from £1.505 trillion at the end of September 2016 – an extra £1,030.47 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK…

The Information Commissioners Officer (ICO)’s Deputy Commissioner has reminded organisations to be transparent with people’s personal data after a survey revealed a significant deficit of trust that organisations must address if they want to innovate with personal information. New ICO research found that only one fifth of the UK public (20%) have trust and confidence…

The Bank of England consumer credit statistics shows that consumer borrowing has risen by 9.9% in the year to September 2017, now totalling £204 billion. Other highlights from the report include: The annual growth rate of consumer credit has remained broadly unchanged since June, at around 10%. The flow was £1.6 billion in September, also…

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