There are three large UK databases aimed at alerting lenders to possible fraudulent applications for borrowing: National Hunter, Cifas and Sira. If your name is on one of these connected with fraud you may find it difficult or impossible to take out credit and your bank account may be closed. But sometimes the information on the databases may be wrong and you need to get it corrected. In … [Read more...]
There is a lot talked about credit ratings on the Internet but it can be very confusing and sometimes even wrong!
If you can't make the proper payments to your debts, your credit rating will suffer. But different debt options affect your credit score in different ways, so I've written these articles looking at the details of each situation.
And most importantly, when will your credit rating improve and what can you do to help this.
You never need to pay to check your credit score, or look at the details of your records any more. See The top three free ways to check your credit records for details.
If you would like to see the most read articles, check out Debt Camel's page on Credit Score - problems, queries and answers.
A reader asked if she should sign up to Experian's Boost. Are any disadvantages? Would it really help her credit score? Experian's new Boost facility was introduced in the UK in November 2020: it can increase your Experian Credit Score by a maximum of 101 points; it is set up so it can never harm your credit score. Hundreds of thousands of people have used it. Let's see how it … [Read more...]
Should we use a joint account for everything? Or get a joint account only for the bills? How will a joint account affect our credit scores? Is it best to both use the same bank? I've seen a few questions about how couples share finances recently, so I've brought them together into one article. Should we use a joint account for everything? Don't rush into this! Not only are you linking your … [Read more...]
Mr M asked: I am trying to build my credit score but feel I am getting nowhere. I had 2 accounts in default which I paid about 1 year ago. My bills are paid on time. I have a Capital One credit card with a £200 limit. I always get £50 worth of petrol on the last Friday of every month and pay it manually a few days later. But I got an email from Credit Karma saying "When your last report came … [Read more...]
Equifax used to calculate credit scores for consumers out of 700. But in April 2021 it switched to calculating scores out of 1000 and has changed the bands used to describe your credit rating. Oddly Equifax hasn't made an announcement about these changes. The Equifax Credit Report & Score has been updated but hardly anyone uses that. Most people see their Equifax score using the … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I have fairly recently got an Aqua card with a limit of £1,900. Credit Karma suggests this is low and a higher limit (with low utilisation) reflects well with lenders. I’ve only just had a credit limit with Aqua so can't get another one soon. But I could be added as a secondary cardholder on my partner’s credit card. This is her idea – she has a limit of almost £10k. She never … [Read more...]
Many people are frustrated by only being to access expensive credit. Their financial problems may be years in the past, but they still cannot borrow at a reasonable rate. The FCA's Woolard Review said in January 2021: Products or business models which aim to help consumers bridge from sub-prime to near-prime or mainstream have an important role to play in expanding access to credit, and … [Read more...]
Keeping an eye on your credit reports is a good idea, but how should you do it? In 2021 there are more than fourteen different ways to check your credit record! The myth of a single credit score You don't have "one credit score" or "one credit record". You have three different ones. This is because there are three main Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs) in Britain: Experian; Equifax; … [Read more...]
Here are some questions I have seen recently about how long it takes to improve your credit score for a mortgage: I was foolish with credit cards for years but now I am determined to buy a house - how long will this take? My credit score is dreadful. My new partner has a good credit record and we want to get a mortgage. I have a poor credit rating but I have now inherited a deposit. How … [Read more...]
If you feel that your credit report is wrong, the normal first step is to ask the lender to put this right. But when the lender is in administration, the administrators may not respond to requests from you to correct your credit files. And if the lender has been liquidated, there is no-one for you to contact. Here the Credit Reference Agencies (CRAs) should help if you ask them to. Incorrect … [Read more...]