Ofgem has today published its annual report on the Warm Home Discount (WHD) showing that vulnerable customers benefited from over £348m of support from suppliers last winter. The WHD is a government scheme administered by Ofgem requiring larger and medium-sized suppliers to provide support to customers living in fuel poverty. Last winter, all 19 obligated…

Research from global information and insights provider TransUnion has shown consumer optimism improving as the second national lockdown came to an end. Four in ten (42%) UK households are now somewhat optimistic about their financial future, up from 34% a month earlier. The number of households reporting a negative financial impact also shows a slight…

The Government has announced that the furlough scheme will been extended until the end of April 2021, meaning that the Government will continue to contribute 80% towards wages. The Government says that it has made the move to ensure firms can access the support they need through continuing economic disruption. So far, the Coronavirus Job…

Total debit and credit card spending in the UK fell slightly in September, with 4.2 per cent fewer transactions than in August, as tougher Covid-19 measures were introduced according to new analysis by UK Finance Card spending data also revealed that the proportion of contactless payments continued to increase in September to reach its highest…

New analytics by FICO has shown that average spending on credit cards fell for first time since May. Average credit card limits continued to fall by a further £22 to £5,382 and as issuers start to open their doors to new credit applications, this limit may continue to drop. The highest proportion of accounts, 28.9…

New figures from the Insolvency Service have shown that personal insolvencies in England and Wales fell by 22% in November 2020, with 9,319 personal insolvencies compared to October’s figure of 11,945, and were 3% lower than November 2019’s figure of 9,568. Both DROs and Bankruptcies fell by around one third in November 2020 compared with…

Scottish business insolvencies in November 2020 fell by almost a third when compared with November 2019 numbers. The figures released by Accountant in Bankruptcy (AIB), Scotland’s Insolvency Service which administers company liquidations and receiverships in Scotland showed that in November 2020 that there were 8,417 personal insolvencies in the year to the end of November…

Northern Irish personal insolvencies decreased by two thirds according to the latest Insolvency Service figures. Personal insolvencies numbers in November 2020 fell by two-thirds compared with November 2019. There were 91 personal insolvencies down 68% from November 2019; this consisted of 52 IVAs, 17 DROs and 22 bankruptcies. Company insolvencies in November 2020 fell by…

New research from Citizens Advice has shown that 2.1million households are behind on their energy bills, 600,000 more than in February. The charity’s research also reveals a quarter of all energy customers, up to seven million households, worry they won’t be able to pay their bill this winter. According to data, the charity has obtained…