Peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter has appointed Joanna Wright as Chief Risk Officer. She will start in the role on 11th September. Wright joins RateSetter from GE Capital where she was Chief Risk Officer for GE Capital Bank in the UK, leading a team of over 200 risk professionals with responsibility for prudential and enterprise risks…

Less than half (49%) of consumers regularly change their passwords as a way to prevent fraud, according to research from Callcredit Information Group.  Yet, the majority (66%) perceive the risk of identity theft and online fraud as one of their biggest concerns around sharing personal information online. The research, commissioned by Callcredit Information Group as…

Aegon has released protection claims statistics that reveal people are likely to be under-protected for the amount of mortgage debt they have. According to figures from The Money Charity, the estimated average outstanding mortgage for the 11.1 million households with mortgage debt in the UK was £119,937 in January 2017. Stephen Crosbie, Protection Director at…

Research by L&C Mortgages has revealed that 1.4 million UK households are struggling to pay their mortgage and 2.6 million people think their monthly mortgage payments are too high. Over half (58%) have never remortgaged for a better deal, as highlighted in L&C’s ongoing campaign to get homeowners to save as much as they possibly…

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has dealt with record numbers of data protection incidents, nuisance marketing cases and individual complaints. Releasing the ICO’s annual performance statistics for 2016/17, Deputy Commissioner Simon Entwisle revealed that the regulator had received more reported data protection breaches and fined more companies for unlawful activities than ever before. The ICO’s free…

Specialist debt collection agency (DCA) ARC Europe has achieved the Government-backed Cyber Essentials certification following a further upgrade of its internal IT infrastructure and the introduction of an enhanced firewall. The Cyber Essentials scheme accredits those businesses that display significant levels of cyber security and who have correctly implemented five key controls that prevent up to…

Cifas, has released a new report detailing the fraud trends from over 325,000 fraud cases recorded in 2016. The data, from 387 organisations, including many major UK brands, is one of the most comprehensive pictures of fraud and fraudulent attempts made in the UK. Key findings from the Cifas’ annual report Fraudscape include: Over 325,000…

The Bank of England’s latest money and credit statistics have revealed that mortgage approvals have fallen to a six month low. The statistics also show an increase in consumer debts such as credit cards and loans. The Bank of England’s figures for March 2017 show consumer credit increased by 10.2% in the year to March, to…