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Credit and your credit record: your questions

David Black, James Jones and Peter Harrison
BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday 16 December at 1502 GMT On BBC Radio 4 and Online

On Wednesday's programme Paul Lewis and guests invited your calls on credit cards, loans and repairing your credit report.

There are 72,598 million credit and charge cards in issue according to the UK payments association and the average interest rate charged is an annual percentage rate (APR) of 15.9%.

The Bank of England's 'Trends in Lending' report says that UK lenders expect consumer credit to remain weak over coming months, reflecting further tightening in both credit availability and demand.

With lenders restricting access to credit and charging higher interest rates, you may have a question about finding a deal which suits your needs and your budget?

How can you compare deals and find the cheapest product?

Is it worth considering cards which offer incentives such as cash back or charitable donations?

Would it be sensible to move an outstanding debt to another card, called a 'balance transfer'?

What determines your credit limit?

Perhaps you have been told you have a poor credit score.

How can you repair your record and improve your credit rating?

Whatever your question Paul Lewis was joined by:

  • James Jones, consumer education manager, Experian
  • Peter Harrison, cards channel manager, Moneysupermarket
  • David Black, banking specialist, Defaqto

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Diane Richardson



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