Tag: Credit Card News

Cash going out of fashion

Cash going out of fashion

Cards are replacing cash as consumers’ preferred payment method, according to new research by Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire banks. A few years ago people would hesitate to use a card to make a small value purchase, but not anymore. Around 29 per cent of people in the UK now draw less than 10 per cent [...]

September 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Excessive credit card charges could end by January

Excessive credit card charges could end by January

The government is to go ahead with new rules to prevent retailers imposing excessive or surprise charges on debit or credit card payments. The changes, which were recommended by the Office of Fair Trading in 2011 following a super-complaint from consumer group Which?, could be introduced by January 2013. Retailers, including airlines, will have to [...]

September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Mastercard in contactless payment technology partnership

Mastercard in contactless payment technology partnership

Mastercard has entered into a partnership with mobile network provider Everything Everywhere which is designed to boost the uptake of contactless payment technology in the OK. Under the five-year deal, MasterCard customers will be offered a range of new payment technologies, including a near field communication (NFC) service allowing them to make payments simply with [...]

August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Government to crack down on hidden credit card charges

Government to crack down on hidden credit card charges

Tougher rules are to be brought in to protect consumers from hidden credit card charges and premium-rate phone calls to customer service departments. The Government has launched a consultation on how to implement the changes, which are required under a European Consumer Rights Directive and will apply to countries across the European Union. The new [...]

August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Post Office warns holidaymakers over credit card charges

Post Office warns holidaymakers over credit card charges

The Post Office is warning travellers to be aware of charges for using their credit card abroad. Travellers who don’t have a fee-free card could be charged as much as 2.99 per cent each time they use their card, which could bump up their bill when they return home. Research by Post Office Credit Card [...]

August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Price comparison sites helping cash-strapped consumers

Price comparison sites helping cash-strapped consumers

With household incomes under increasing pressure from inflation and unemployment more consumers are turning to price comparison services to help them reduce their outgoings and the New Year has seen the launch of several new sites. Insurance specialist comparethemarket.com has launched a new service which allows consumers to find which credit cards and loans will [...]

January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More
70% of websites break EU credit rules

70% of websites break EU credit rules

A pan-European investigation carried out in September 2011 revealed that 70 per cent of websites offering credit cards, loans and finance are failing to meet EU standards. The investigation, which followed a large number of customer complaints, looked at 562 websites across the 27 member states and found that 393 of the sites were failing [...]

January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Shoppers risk financial security for Christmas

Shoppers risk financial security for Christmas

Although stores have been forced to start their sales early this year to persuade shoppers to part with their money, nearly a third of people in the UK will go into debt over Christmas. Fifty-eight percent of this group will put more spending than usual on credit cards and thirty-nine per cent will go overdrawn [...]

December 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More
One million use credit cards pay mortgage or rent

One million use credit cards pay mortgage or rent

New research from Shelter suggests that in the past year, up to one million UK households have used credit cards to pay the mortgage or rent. According to the housing charity, the findings present a disturbing picture of up to a million people taking “desperate measures” to keep the roofs over their heads. The highest [...]

January 11, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Postal strikes could mar credit ratings

Postal strikes could mar credit ratings

The ongoing postal strikes will leave many credit card holders with a black mark on their credit rating, uSwitch.com said this week. The price comparison site made the remarks after discovering that credit card customers have incurred £150 million of late payment fees due to the postal strikes. “A £12 late payment fee is not [...]

September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Banks plan to phase out cheques

Banks plan to phase out cheques

Brits are snubbing cheques in favour of faster payment methods, new figures show. Credit cards, debit cards and cash increased their market share yet again in the second quarter, with cheque payments dropping 21% on year. Statistics from the UK Payments Association show payments on plastic cards rose 3% in the three month period to [...]

September 21, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Consumer debt on the rise again

Consumer debt on the rise again

Britain’s level of debt increased again the second quarter of this year, with almost double the level of borrowing compared to the first quarter of 2009. Consumers borrowed £5.5 billion between April and June, nearly twice as much as the £2.9 billion borrowed between January and March, said financial advice site unbiased.co.uk. Savings levels grew [...]

September 16, 2009 | 2 Comments More
Consumers see few benefits from low base rate

Consumers see few benefits from low base rate

Consumers have seen very little benefit from the Bank of England holding its base rate at a record low of 0.5% for six months, a consumer advice site pointed out this week. Interest rates on savings accounts have dropped, while rates on mortgages, credit cards, and personal loans have continued to rise, said Moneyfacts.co.uk. Research [...]

September 10, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Debt a “ball and chain” round Britain’s ankles

Debt a “ball and chain” round Britain’s ankles

September 7, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Over 50s use multiple credit cards

Over 50s use multiple credit cards

Half of Brits over 50 use more than one credit card to manage their finances, research by Saga has discovered. One in fourteen (7%) of over 50s carry five or more credit cards in their wallet. However, almost three quarters (73%) of over 50s have never missed a payment deadline, compared to half (53%) of [...]

September 6, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Student loans encourage culture of debt

Student loans encourage culture of debt

Students are racking up crippling debts because they’re not being taught the difference between student loans and other forms of credit, a financial education charity warned this week. Chris Tapp, director of Credit Action, said because it’s “basically impossible” to get into difficulties with student loans, students are given the message that it’s fine to [...]

August 21, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Moneywise short-lists best providers for customer service

Moneywise short-lists best providers for customer service

A short-list of the financial providers that offer the best customer service was unveiled this week by Moneywise. Moneywise revealed the firms that have been nominated for its Customer Service Awards 2009 in the categories of online current accounts, in-branch current accounts, mortgages, home insurance, and credit cards. Halifax, First Direct, and Lloyds TSB are [...]

June 1, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Secret credit cards blight consumers’ conscience

Secret credit cards blight consumers’ conscience

May 6, 2009 | 0 Comments More
One third of consumers pay everyday expenses on credit

One third of consumers pay everyday expenses on credit

Almost one third of UK consumers use a credit card to pay for everyday items such as groceries, a Post Office survey has revealed. The poll showed that 10 million British adults intend to use their credit cards to cover day-to-day living expenses during the first part of this year. Meanwhile, 2.6 million people intend [...]

February 5, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Credit card balance shifting to hit £7bn

Credit card balance shifting to hit £7bn

UK credit card holders will transfer over £7 billion between cards in the New Year to take advantage of introductory interest rate offers. Research by Abbey found that 3 million Brits will take part in the great credit card shuffle, with a higher proportion of Scots and Northerners taking part. According to Abbey, ‘shifting the [...]

January 1, 2009 | 0 Comments More