On May 13, the statistics for CCJs for the first quarter of 2019. were published by Registry Trust, who keeps the records of CCJs in England and Wales. There were more than 320,000 consumer CCJs in the three months, the highest number recorded for a quarter. Consumers are being sued more often for smaller amounts of money The graph shows how the number of CCJs in the first quarter of … [Read more...]
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The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) published its Annual Review this week which highlighted the massive jump in payday loan complaints - up 130% to c.40,000 in 2018-19. The Consumer Finance Association (CFA) has responded with a blog Reflecting on the FOS Annual Review. The CFA is the trade association for payday lenders, so you won't be surprised they are not happy... Mandy Rice-Davies's … [Read more...]
Curo Transatlantic Limited (CTL) had two brands: Wageday Advance (WDA), a mid-sized payday lender; and Juo Loans, a small guarantor lender. CTL entered administration on 26 February 2019 because of the number of payday loan affordability complaints they were receiving. They appointed KPMG as Administrators. SpeedyCash was also part of the same group as Wageday Advance. It was a … [Read more...]
Wonga stopped lending and went into administration on 30 August 2019, unable to pay refunds on all the payday loan affordability complaints it was getting. An unaffordable payday loan is one you could only manage to repay if you borrowed more elsewhere or didn't pay some bills. So you may have repaid a loan but still be able to claim a refund of the interest you paid if the loan was … [Read more...]
In 2017, the FCA launched a PPI advertising campaign telling you to make a decision about claiming PPI, because a deadline is being introduced. You MUST complain before 29th August 2019 That's only a few months away. You may be busy at the moment, but it's now really quick to start a PPI complaint, so don't delay. You should do this now even if you complained before and your complaint was … [Read more...]
Guarantor loans are coming into the regulatory spotlight. The FCA wrote to CEOs in March 2019 saying it will be looking at affordability and whether potential guarantors have enough information to understand how likely it is that they may have to make the loan payments. In a speech, Jonathan Davis said: Recent work we have done in this area showed that many guarantors are making at least 1 … [Read more...]
New statistics for July-December 2018 from the Financial Ombudsman (FOS) show how payday loan complaints have jumped in the second half of 2018 and give details for how many complaints the larger lenders had. Almost all these cases are affordability complaints where a customer was given payday loans without proper affordability checks and is asking for a refund of interest paid. The … [Read more...]
QuickQuid has told some customers that it plans to delete loan data over seven years old with effect from today, 15th April 2019. It says this is to comply with its legal obligations. QuickQuid has sent emails to the affected customers asking if they would like a copy of their data before it is deleted. It seems to me that this new policy is not in the customers' interest because it will … [Read more...]
In April the Wonga Administrators published the new Online Claims Portal. This lets current and previous Wonga customers in the UK submit a claim for a refund for unaffordable loans. The Online Claims Portal will close at the end of September, so all claims should be submitted before then. The Administrators have given a set of FAQs. What is the form for? The form has two main … [Read more...]
The Wonga Administrators’ six month progress report to end February 2019 was emailed to creditors on 27 March 2019. The creditors include the so-called "redress creditors". These are the customers who complained to Wonga saying they were given unaffordable payday loans. Collecting outstanding loans When Wonga went into administration, the Gross Loan Book totalled £77 million. So far … [Read more...]