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Barclays prepares to launch ‘video call’ banking focussed on consumer-orientated service

Barclays customers are to be the first able to conduct face-to-face video calls with their branch’s advisers from the comfort of their own homes, in the latest consumer-orientated move made by lenders aware of the flourishing digital age the world is entering.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

Pre-recession levels of unsecured borrowing as Consumers splash out on large Purchases

Consumers took full advantage of the profusion of cheap credit advertised by lenders in recent times, as credit card usage and gross unsecured borrowing rose at an annual rate not seen since before the financial crisis of 2007-8.

2 Dec 2014 Read More

Calls for Payday Loan Adverts to be banned before 9pm as misery continues for heavily criticised industry

Advertising for payday loans could be banned from TV before 9pm, as the advertising regulator mulls over the possibility of taking another step towards shunning the much maligned industry.

28 Nov 2014 Read More

House Price Growth at lowest level for 2014, though Average UK House Price reaches record high

Although property values reached record highs in November, house price growth fell to its lowest level this year as the property market continues to cool, according to Nationwide.

28 Nov 2014 Read More

Black Friday upon us and sales expected to hit the roof – Consumers should keep their feet on the ground

Today is the date of Thanksgiving in the US and with all due respect to the traditions which accompany a festival of such esteem, it heralds a far more significant occasion tomorrow as far as the UK is concerned.

27 Nov 2014 Read More

1.5m customers lose out on up to £110 due to defective meters

Up to 1.5m bill-paying customers have been fleeced out of up to £110 by their gas providers due to defective gas meters, with reimbursement for all in the offing.

27 Nov 2014 Read More

Overpayments on gas pre-payment meters: Ofgem response to Energy UK statement

Rachel Fletcher, senior partner for markets, said: “We are determined that no consumer should lose out because some energy suppliers have overcharged some consumers on pre-payment meters".

26 Nov 2014 Read More

Credit Card sector to be investigated by FCA due to overzealous advertising techniques

Credit card providers are to be placed under the microscope by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to determine whether they advertise their products too forcefully, leading to vulnerable, reckless borrowers plunging themselves into debt they have no way of ever repaying.

26 Nov 2014 Read More

Mortgage Approvals fall to 17-month low and by 16% on the previous year in sign that Housing Market has come off the boil

Mortgage approvals continue to tumble month-on-month suggesting the Bank of England’s (BoE) crackdown on the lending sector is having a decidedly dampening effect on the housing market.

26 Nov 2014 Read More

The changing face of poverty – low real wages and lack of opportunity causing younger workers and working households to be worst affected

The legitimacy of the economic recovery the UK is seemingly undergoing has had shadows cast over it by foreboding findings showing people in work are more likely to be below the poverty line than retirees due to the woeful state of wages today.

25 Nov 2014 Read More

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