The London Institute of Banking & Finance launches new Diploma

19th October 2016 Consumer Collections |

The London Institute of Banking & Finance has launched launched a CeMAP® Diploma. The new CeMAP® Diploma builds upon the success of The London Institute of Banking & Finance’s industry-leading level 3 qualification CeMAP®. To gain the advanced qualification, advisers will need to complete a new level 4 Advanced Mortgage Advice unit, building on CeMAP’s…

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September mortgage sales up by £1.2 billion

18th October 2016 Consumer Collections |

Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace reveals significant growth in the mortgage market with sales up £1.2bn in September, a rise of 8.4% on August. Residential and buy-to-let sales for the month totalled £15.1billion. September buy-to-let figures jumped by 19.0% to £2.9billion, while residential sales increased by 6.2% to £12.2billion. Regional performance for the…

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Mortgage arrears on the rise again

12th October 2016 Consumer Collections |

The Money Charity has released statistics indicating that after years of steady falls, cases of mortgage arrears have risen for the second quarter in a row. According to the Financial Conduct Authority, at the end of Q2 2016 there were 218,279 mortgage loan accounts with arrears of more than 1.5% of the current loan balance.  This…

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Cerberus buys £2 billion book of loans from Ulster Bank

11th October 2016 Consumer Collections |

Ulster Bank has sold off £2 billion tranche of loans to Cerberus.  The portfolio consists 900 mortgages, across Ireland. Around 14% of the debt is based in Northern Ireland. A spokesman for Ulster Bank said: “Ulster Bank has confirmed the completion of a sale of significantly impaired loan portfolio, predominantly in the Republic of Ireland, enabling…

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Consumer Finance continues to grow

10th October 2016 Consumer Collections |

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show growth of 16% in consumer finance new business in August, compared with the same month last year. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 17% compared with August 2015, while retail store and online credit new business increased by 6%…

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Consumer Credit increase as mortgages hit 19 month low

28th September 2016 Consumer Collections |

Consumer credit has grown by 6.4% over the year to August, the fastest rate of growth for nearly 10 years according to the latest British Banker Association (BBA) statistics. It is thought the increase has been driven by ultra-low interest rates, people are borrowing more on credit cards and through loans and overdrafts. The number of…

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Council tax arrears is the biggest debt problem in Wales

22nd September 2016 Consumer Collections |

A new report from Citizens Advice Wales “Fairness for all – Improving council tax debt collection in Wales” highlights the findings of research undertaken to better understand the recent increase in council tax arrears seen over the last few years. Council tax arrears is now the largest debt issue representing 13%t  of all debt issues. Council…

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July house lending purchases decrease in June

14th September 2016 Consumer Collections |

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has published its latest mortgaging figures. While first-time buyer lending was down in July compared to June, the number of loans advanced to first-time buyers was the second highest monthly level of the year so far. Home mover activity was at its third highest monthly level this year by volume…

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September 2016: Money Statistics

13th September 2016 Consumer Collections |

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for September 2016: Personal Debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.496 trillion at the end of July 2016. This is up from £1.444 trillion at the end of July 2015 – an extra £1,028.50 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK that’s…

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Gross mortgage lending at £21.4 billion in July

30th August 2016 Consumer Collections |

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has announced that gross lending as static in July at £21.4 billion. The figure is down 0.4 per cent from June’s £21.5 billion and down 1 per cent year-on-year from £21.6 billion. CML Chief Economist Bob Pannell says: “Indicators are likely to provide truer readings of market conditions the further…

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Possessions and arrears decrease

11th August 2016 Consumer Collections |

A report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has outlined statistics indicating that the number of mortgages in arrears continued to fall in the second quarter of this year and are now at its lowest level since records began more than 20 years ago. The CML data shows that at the end of June there were 92,500…

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August 2016: Money Statistics

11th August 2016 Consumer Collections |

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for August 2016: Personal debt in the UK People in the UK owed £1.484 trillion at the end of June 2016. This is up from £1.444 trillion at the end of June 2015 – an extra £777.90 per UK adult. Per adult in the UK…

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Staffordshire and Black Country councils owed tens of millions

23rd July 2016 Consumer Collections |

Government figures reveal that tens of millions of pounds in unpaid council tax and business rates is owed to councils across the Black Country and Staffordshire. The figures owed are as follows: Walsall £20.3 million Sandwell £23.3 million Wolverhampton £14.7 million Dudley £8.7 million Cannock £6 million Stafford £4.4 million  

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