Cost of living rise sees majority of Britons cutting back on spending

As the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets to decide whether to impose a further rise in interest rates, the majority of Britons are already cutting back on their spending.W ith inflation at a 40-year high, the Bank of England’s efforts to cool it down by raising interest rates three times since December last year, has…

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One fifth of credit card users have missed payment in the last 6 months

Almost one-fifth of UK credit card users (19%) have missed a credit card repayment within the past six months due to the rising cost-of-living, according to new research by comparethemarket.com. The research is published as the Office for National Statistics revealed that prices across the economy are rising by 9.1% a year, squeezing household budgets.…

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Money Statistics: June 2022

30th June 2022 Arrears and Recoveries | #debt

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for June 2022 Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,786.6 billion at the end of April 2022. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £64,286 and per adult was £33,780, around 105.3% of average earnings Net mortgage lending rose by…

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Shop price inflation continues to rise

30th June 2022 Consumer Collections |

Latest figures from the British Retail Consortium have shown that shop price annual inflation accelerated to 3.1% in June, up from 2.8% in May. The rise is above the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 1.0% and 2.3%, respectively. This marks the highest rate of inflation since September 2008. Food inflation strongly accelerated to…

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Low-income households enduring ‘year of financial fear’

Seven million households are living through a ‘frightening year of financial fear’, going without food, heating, toiletries and even showering as they try to cope with the cost of living crisis new research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found. The research found that low-income families have fallen behind on payments by an average of £1,600.…

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Consumers need to pay an estimated £2.7bn to cover the costs of 28 energy supplier failures

Customers will need to pay an estimated £2.7 billion to cover the costs of 28 energy suppliers failing since June 2021, in addition to the cost of running Bulb Energy. While the supplier failures were caused by substantial increases in wholesale prices, Ofgem’s approach to licensing and monitoring suppliers over previous years increased the risk…

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Cost of living gap widens for poorer households

23rd June 2022 Arrears and Recoveries |

Inflation increased slightly in May, but soaring petrol prices will drive a bigger rise in June, while low-income households continue to face the greatest cost-of-living pressures according to the Resolution Foundation. CPI inflation increased from 9 to 9.1 per cent, while CPIH rose from 7.8 to 7.9 per cent, driven primarily by household services (such…

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Households spending £170 on unused subscriptions

22nd June 2022 Arrears and Recoveries |

A third (33%) of households have multiple individual memberships for the same streaming service, when they could be saving money by paying for one household membership instead, according to research from comparethemarket.com. The research found that households spend £50 on average each month on paid-for subscriptions, the equivalent of £600 a year, with 32% spending…

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Personal insolvencies increase by 23%

Latest statistics quarterly figures from the Insolvency Service for England & Wales have indicated that personal insolvencies numbers increased by 23.3% compared to May 2021’s figure of 8,496 and increased by 11.2% to 10,476 in May 2022 compared to 9,417 in April. There were 2,030 DROs and 566 bankruptcies. For individuals, 566 bankruptcies were registered, which was…

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Bank of England increases base rate to 1.25% – industry reaction

17th June 2022 Banking and Loans |

More than 2 million households face increased mortgage payments after the latest Bank of England interest rate rise. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted by a majority of 6-3 to increase the bank rate by 0.25 percentage points, to 1.25%. The members in the minority voted to increase the bank rate by 0.5 percentage points,…

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Rising cost of living sees majority of consumers cutting back on spending

16th June 2022 Arrears and Recoveries |

As the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets to decide whether to impose a further rise in interest rates, the majority of Britons are already cutting back on their spending figures from the Building Societies Association (BSA) With inflation at a 40-year high, the Bank of England’s efforts to cool it down by raising interest rates three…

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FCA reminds lenders to support consumers struggling with the cost of living

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has written to more than 3,500 lenders to remind them of the standards they should meet as consumers across the country are affected by the rising cost of living. With household bills expected to continue to rise into the autumn, it is important that firms act now to make sure…

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Two fifths borrow to pay off Buy Now Pay Later

More than two in five Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) customers borrowed money to make repayments research bt Citizens Advice has found. The types of borrowing included overdrafts, borrowing from friends and family, loans and payday loans. The most popular was credit cards (26%). Younger shoppers were most likely to borrow to pay off BNPL…

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