Money Statistics: November 2021

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for November 2021 Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1,749.2 billion at the end of September 2021. The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £62,938 and per adult was £33,072, around 108.6% of average earnings. Net mortgage lending rose by…

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Experian launches lending verification service

29th November 2021 Consumer Lending |

Consumers will be able to get access to better financial products and services, as Experian launches a new service to help lenders provide even faster, more accurate and bespoke lending decisions. Work Report™ is the first digital verification service that will allow consumers to consent to digitally share their payroll information with another organisation. It…

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Building Societies report growth in mortgage lending

26th November 2021 Consumer Lending |

Latest figures released Building Societies Association (BSA) for Q3 2021 have shown continued momentum in the housing market, with gross lending by building societies up 22% compared to the same period in 2020. The figures indicated that gross lending in Q3 2021 was £16.9 billion, up 22% on the same period last year (Q3 2020:…

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Near-prime consumers hit hard as borrowing costs rise

New research by Credit Karma has found that near-prime consumers have been hit hardest as borrowing costs rise. The research findings show that near-prime borrowers pay £39,000 more interest over a lifetime than prime with the gap increasing by 10% (£3,400) over the last 12 months. Credit Karma’s report annually quantifies the lifetime cost of borrowing…

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High cost credit options creating increase in debt levels in run up to Christmas

New research has found that the number of people with debt has increased by ten percentage points in just six months (64% to 74%), with variable workers, which includes gig workers and freelancers likely to be acutely impacted, alongside young people aged between 18 and 34, according to the latest findings from Credit Kudos’ Borrowing…

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Use of BNPL hits all-time high, as shoppers look to spread the cost of festive period

25th November 2021 Alternative Consumer Lending | #BNPL

More than a quarter (28%) of UK shoppers are now regularly using Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services to spread the cost of purchases, and thousands more will be doing so for the first time as the festive season approaches according to new data from Equifax. The research has revealed just how much of consumers…

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BNPL has led to 18% decline in credit card transactions

New research by Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) platform, Butter, has revealed how the emergence of the BNPL sector has already led to a decline in credit card transactions, as more and more consumers opt for this modern method of payment. The research shows that the BNPL space has expanded dramatically in a very short…

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Finance leaders focus on cloud computing and SaaS

16th November 2021 Consumer Lending | #technology

Almost half (41%) of finance leaders say they are focusing on cloud computing and Software as-a-Service (SaaS) in 2022, as many are still working towards supporting remote teams, a new survey has found. Cybersecurity (31%) was second on the tech wish-list, followed by Big Data analytics (22%) and Artificial Intelligence (13%). The research, commissioned by…

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Equity release lending on track for record £1.049bn quarter

The equity release market is on course for a record year after customers took out £1.049 billion in property wealth in the three months to the end of September according to data from the UK’s equity release adviser Key. The total value of equity released rose by 18.8% from nearly £884 million in the third…

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Consumer finance new business grows by 1%

8th November 2021 Consumer Lending | #consumer finance

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 1% in September 2021 compared with the same month in 2020. In the nine months to September 2021, new business was 13% higher than in the same period in 2020. The credit card and personal loan sectors…

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Credit & Collections Technology Awards announces 2021 winners

5th November 2021 Arrears and Recoveries | #innovation

The winners of the 2021 Credit & Collection Technology Awards have been announced following a live in-person event yesterday (Thursday 4th November) at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The awards are the flagship event for innovational technological professionals working in credit and collections and the fifth annual event honoured the UK’s technological innovators, celebrating outstanding…

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One in four consumers borrow to fund insurance credit

4th November 2021 Consumer Lending | #insurance credit

Consumers using credit to buy their insurance cover are increasing the amount they borrow in response to rising premiums and a growing squeeze on household finances, new research from Premium Credit has shown. The study found that over the past year, nearly seven out of 10 (69%) people used some form of credit to pay…

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FOS agrees to review firms’ early settlement offers

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) is to review offers made by firms to their clients in early settlement cases. FOS that in light of concerns that taking a more neutral stance could jeopardise fairness and consistent outcomes it had proposed to present proactive offers from businesses ‘neutrally’ to customers, essentially making clear that in putting…

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