Financially vulnerable people are twice as likely to end up in debt

Financially vulnerable people are twice as likely to end up in debt each time they take out a new credit product, according to new research from AI powered transaction analytics firm, Fuse. More than four in ten (44%) people in this group say they’ve ended up in debt after taking out a credit product in…

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Two-thirds of parents feel pressured to spend above their means at Christmas

Latest research from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found almost half of UK adults (47%) feel pressured to spend above their means during Christmas to provide for loved ones, rising to almost two-thirds (64%) for those with children under 18. Two in five (40%) UK adults, and over half of those (52%) with children…

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2023 Credit & Collections Technology Think Tank review

Credit Connect hosted its third in-person Credit & Collections Technology Think Tank in mid-November in Manchester which saw credit and collections strategies and the impact of the cost of living discussed by sixteen professionals from a variety of industry sectors at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The themes of cost of living impacting customer engagement,…

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Households facing difficulties with credit

1st December 2023 Arrears and Recoveries |

New research by abrdn Financial Fairness Trust has found that 65% of UK households (18.4 million) have consumer debt and there are signs that credit stress may be worsening, with two-in-ten (16%) owing money due to missing at least one repayment on a credit commitment, up from 11% in May 2023. Over four-in-ten households (12.5…

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Money Statistics: November 2023

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for November 2023 Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,845.6 billion at the end of September 2023. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £65,724 and per adult was £34,700, around 100.7% of average earnings. Net mortgage lending decreased by…

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Single people slashing spend to make ends meet

24th October 2023 Arrears and Recoveries | #spend

Singles are forced to spend around a third more on housing per person than their couple counterparts – despite living in cheaper accommodation. They also spend more per person on fixed costs like food and communications according to research by Hargreaves Lansdown. The research found that individuals have to cut costs wherever they can, so…

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Mortgage debt repayments hit record high

20th October 2023 Arrears and Recoveries | #mortgages

Mortgage holders are repaying record amounts of mortgage debt in the higher interest rate environment, according to the Equity Release Council’s Autumn 2023 Market Report. The report says high levels of debt and a lack of pension savings make it increasingly likely that homeowners will need to borrow against the value of their properties in…

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Mortgage arrears increase by a third

13th September 2023 Banking and Loans | #mortgage arrears

Latest Bank of England figures have indicated that the value of mortgage arrears jumped by almost a third (29%) in April-June compared with the same period in 2022, with the total value of outstanding mortgage debt at £16.9 billion, the highest total since 2016. New arrears cases equated to 16% of the total outstanding mortgage…

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One in five households set to spend third of income on housing

12th September 2023 Banking and Loans | #housing costs

One in every five households in England (4.8 million) will be forced to spend more than a third of their income on housing by the end of the next parliament unless politicians commit to a long-term plan to fix the housing crisis, according to a new report by Pragmatix Advisory on behalf of the National Housing Federation…

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Credit & Collections Technology Awards announces 2023 shortlist

Credit Connect is pleased to reveal the companies, partnerships and individuals that have been shortlisted in this year’s seventh annual Credit & Collections Technology Awards. The Credit& Collections Technology Awards is the UK’s celebration of tech innovators in credit and collections. The technology-focused award scheme seeks to champion innovation and best customer outcome solutions. The shortlist…

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One in ten ‘overly optimistic’ on repayment of interest-only mortgages

New analysis by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found that one in ten interest-only mortgage holders might be ‘overly optimistic’ about repaying their debt when the time comes. The number of interest-only (750,000) and part-interest-only (245,000) mortgages has halved since 2015, new Financial Conduct Authority analysis has found. The fall is a result of…

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Co-operative Bank buys mortgage portfolio from Sainsbury’s Bank

The Co-operative Bank has announced that it has purchased the mortgage portfolio of Sainsbury’s Bank for £464 million. The sale marks Sainsbury’s Bank’s formal exit from the UK mortgage market, with it having ceased new lending in 2019. The portfolio contains around 3,500 customers and is worth nearly £480 million.  Sainsbury’s Bank will transfer its mortgage customers to Co-op…

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Soaring mortgage rates hit 14m people’s mental health

New research from Mind has found that almost a third (29 per cent) of people (almost 14 million) in England and Wales have been affected by hearing about or experiencing increasing mortgage costs over the last year. One in ten (10 per cent) said that it had affected their mental health a lot. The figures come…

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