Budget 2018: Zero-interest Loans

Budget 2018: Zero-interest Loans

On Monday the 29th of October, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond released the budget. He explained his intentions for the budget in the House of Commons at 3:30pm, which was also live streamed on the BBC and other channels. One thing that stuck out for those in the lending industry or people who regularly seek the services of payday loans for bad credit, was the introduction of a scheme which features zero-interest loans. This scheme is to be introduced to help people overcome debt and is set to help out about 3million people across the UK who have […]

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What is Universal Credit?

What is Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is a payment which is designed to help people with their general living costs. Universal Credit is relatively new and has been introduced to replace six benefits offered by the government in one package rather than many. The following are benefits Universal Credit has replaced: Child Tax Credit Housing Benefit Income Support Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Working Tax Credit If you currently receive any of those benefits, you cannot claim Universal Credit at the same time as those. However, since Universal Credit is being introduced in stages, you do not have to […]

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Who is eligible for Universal Credit?

You may have heard about the introduction of Universal Credit by the UK government. Many people are expressed their state of confusion surrounding what it is and what the introduction of Universal Credit hopes to achieve. Essentially, Universal Credit is a payment which aims to help people with their general living costs. It is paid into your account monthly if in England and Wales and twice a month for some people in Scotland. How do you get Universal Credit? You may be eligible for Universal Credit if you are on a low income or if you are out of work. […]

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How Do You Become an Underwriter?

How Do You Become an Underwriter?

If you are considering a career in the world of insurance and loans, being an underwriter may be an option you are seriously looking into. What is underwriting? For clarity’s sake, an underwriter is responsible for the process of underwriting. Underwriting takes place when financial lenders are reviewing an application in order to make a final decision on whether the applicant is suitable. This they are, the underwriter will approve the loan. An underwriter could be an individual or team of people who carry out the process. These people make their decisions based on a series of checks, behaviour and […]

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What went wrong with payday lender, Wonga?

What went wrong with payday lender, Wonga?

You may have heard the news that Wonga, the loans provider, has gone into administration. This is despite only six years ago, the founder of Wonga describing the payday lender as a “platform for the future of financial services”. However, clearly, it does seem that the future did not work out as the had wished it to. But what actually went wrong? We have previously written about what Wonga going into administration means for payday loans, but in this guide, we are going to be discussing where Wonga went so wrong to result in administration. In August 2018, Wonga held […]

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Why haven’t I received the interest rate advertised for my loan?

Why haven’t I received the interest rate advertised for my loan?

Have you recently applied for a payday loan and have been accepted for credit, but are confused as to why you haven’t ended up receiving the stated interest rate for it? Perhaps this has left you feeling particularly dumbfounded as you have homeowner state, are in steady employment, and you even have a good credit score, meaning that you expected to receive the rate advertised. As a result, you may be wondering why this has happened. In this article, we take a look at the main reasons why you may not necessarily end up receiving the rate seen on a […]

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Three paydays till Christmas – how you can plan ahead

Three paydays till Christmas – how you can plan ahead

It might still be summer, and winter may feel many moons’s ahead, but did you know that it is just 16 weeks away, meaning that for the majority of people who are working across the UK, that equates to just three or four paydays left in total? It can often be the case that we put off putting away the pennies for the Christmas period thinking that it is far too early to start saving, yet we can often end being in the same situation year in, year out, where we’ve suddenly left it too late, and end up with […]

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How to complain about a payday loans company

Confirm the reason for complaint is a valid reason (see below) Download and complete this template  Make a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service – call 0300 1239 123 or 0800 023 4567 Looking to complain about payday lenders? The number of complaints being made by consumers regarding payday lenders has increased dramatically in the last year alone, overtaking the number of PPI compensation claims being made annually, a scandal largely considered to be one of the UK’s biggest. There have been different factors that have contributed to the rise in complaints against payday lenders, such as the increase in media attention regarding […]

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The rise of payday loans claims

The rise of payday loans claims

There have been numerous reports in recent months about how there has been a surge in the number of complaints about high-cost credit in the UK. In fact, the number of complaints has risen to record levels.  According to a recent article by The Guardian in May, the number of complaints regarding consumer credit in 2017-2018 had risen by a staggering 36,300, with more than half of these relating to payday loans, according to statistics provided by the independent Financial Ombudsman Service.  Whilst of all new complaints, those about payday loans had risen by over 64%, going from 10,529 to […]

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Can you be taken to court over a payday loan?

Can you be taken to court over a payday loan?

If you have taken out a payday loan and find yourself in a situation wherein you are not able to make repayments and find yourself defaulting on them, you may be concerned about what will happen next. One potential worry for borrowers concerns the possibility of being taken to court by a payday loan bad credit lender. However, is this, in fact, the reality if you don’t pay back a payday loan? You won’t be taken to court over a payday loan The simple truth is, is that a payday lender does not have the ability to take you to […]

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