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Revealing the real borrowers of Britain
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
New research commissioned by Elevate Credit reveals new insights about Britain’s short-term borrowers in a report by the Social Market Foundation (SMF). The independent report analyses the short-term borrowing landscape more than two years after the introduction of the FCA’s price cap in 2015. The report highlights a divergence between assumptions around short-term borrowers and reality, with a significant proportion of those surveyed believing that people who use short-term credit are poor (46%), on benefits (32%) and unemployed (29%).
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Castle Trust appoints Phoebus Software for mortgage servicing solution
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Following the signing of a five year contract, Phoebus Software Ltd (PSL) has completed the migration Castle Trust’s mortgage book onto the Phoebus cloud based mortgage servicing solution. The migration includes buy-to-let and limited company loans with products that feature rolled up interest. 
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Political conferences: Was there enough focus on those in debt?
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
With political party conference season drawing to a close for another year, a senior figure in the debt management sector has highlighted a lack of focus on those struggling with debt.  
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Outstanding Mortgages hits all-time high in the UK
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Continued growth in house prices, along with a small decline in the number of outstanding home loans has led to the highest level of mortgage debt per household ever recorded. 
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The Money Statistics October 2017
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Striking numbers  
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As savings crisis looms, employers failing to tackle employee knowledge gap
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
A lack of across the board financial education is failing to close the employee savings gap, according to a new report published today by Close Brothers in conjunction with the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). 
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StepChange Debt Charity response to FCA warning of growing debt among young people
Monday, 16 October 2017
Responding to the Financial Conduct Authority’s warning of a pronounced build-up of debt among young people, Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive of StepChange Debt Charity said: "Our most recent statistics chime with warnings that record numbers of people are getting into debt at an earlier age, with young people relying on credit to cover essential costs. The proportion of younger clients seeking our debt advice has grown by 10% in the last five years and now almost two thirds of clients are under 40.
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Andrew Bailey right to highlight ‘growing debt burden’ on young people
Monday, 16 October 2017
Financial Conduct Authority chief executive Andrew Bailey has today warned that a growing number of young people are having to borrow to cover basic living costs. 
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Money Advice Service responds to Action for Children report ‘The Next Chapter’
Monday, 16 October 2017
Responding to a report published today by Action for Children on the financial difficulties young parents face, Michael Royce, Policy Manager at the Money Advice Service commented:     “With the cost of household bills continuing to rise across the UK, and the current flexible employment landscape means that this generation are earning less at this stage in their life than previous generations. This can be particularly tough for young parents. Managing money on a budget can be difficult for most people, the key is don’t suffer in silence. Seek advice and guidance early from family, friends or local support agencies, or through helplines, web chat or online. The Money Advice Service have a range of guidance pages on the website to help with day to day financial challenges, and our handy budget planner tool can be used to help keep costs at a minimum”.
 
Comment: consumer credit clampdown
Monday, 16 October 2017
Tony Gundersen, UK Country Manager of short-term lender Ferratum, comments on the recent banking clampdown on consumer credit lending:   “The news that banks are clamping down on consumer credit will no doubt affect a number of borrowers across the UK. Whilst many may want to bury their heads in the sand and ignore this incoming change, it’s important that they understand the other avenues of credit available to them outside of the mainstream lenders.
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Comment on UK Finance trends in lending for August from Richard Pike at Phoebus Software
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Richard Pike, Phoebus Software sales and marketing director, says “It seems that continued low interest rates coupled with the threat of a likely rate rise are fueling the market.  Although there are reports of hesitancy in the Capital the rest of the UK’s housing market is doing better than many could have anticipated before we started the Brexit negotiations.  
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