The Government has launched a new Economic Crime Plan, in a partnership between the Chancellor Philip Hammond, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, and heads of law enforcement, major financial institutions and legal, accountancy and property organisations. The plan sets out actions to better tackle the scourge of ‘dirty money’ in the UK. It brings together the…

Research by the Stepchange debt charity has found that almost one in five people who have taken out a high-interest rate, sub-prime credit card were unemployed at the time it was issued. Around four million people have a sub-prime credit card (defined as cards with an interest rate APR of 30-70%). The research found a…

British consumers care far more about online payment security than speed, simplicity and convenience, according to research from Equifax, the consumer and business insights expert. Two thirds (66%) of people rate safe and secure payments as most important in the online checkout process, with only one in ten being most concerned about speed or simplicity.…

The majority of consumers are still living in the ‘age of austerity’, more than 10 years after the recession, a study has found. The study has found that 96 per cent are looking for ways to reduce their spending on a daily basis. Shopping in the reduced section, using price comparison sites and withdrawing cash…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business fell in May by 2%, compared with the same month last year. The retail store and online credit sector reported new business up in May by 2% compared with the same month in 2018, while credit card and personal…

Renewable energy supplier Green Star Energy has been ordered by Ofgem to refund £350,000 to customers over failings for renters. Ofgem said 1,829 new tenants were unable to access their Green Star Energy accounts and therefore could not access cheaper tariffs. The problem came as a result of Green Star not updating its records or issuing…

Almost half of consumers are currently in debt and believe the rising cost of independent living is to blame. A survey of 1,000 UK adults published in The UK Spending Report, commissioned by a leading personal insolvency practice, Creditfix, has revealed that almost 1 in 2 consumers(46%) are currently in debt. Those who admitted to…

New research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) commissioned by equity release lender, more 2 life, has revealed that the later life lending market is set to almost double in size over the next decade. By the end of 2019, lending is expected to reach £295bn – rising to more than half…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for June 2019: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,637 billion at the end of April 2019. This is up from £1,588 billion at the end of April 2018, an extra £946.00 per UK adult over the year. The average total debt per…

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