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A firm must first allocate a repayment to the debt subject to the highest rate of interest (and then to the next highest rate of interest and so on)1 for:(1) the outstanding balance on a credit card; or(2) the outstanding balance on a store card; or(3) a credit card or a store card, in relation to which there is a fixed-sum credit element, to repayments beyond those required to satisfy the fixed instalments; or17(4) 17a credit card or a store card, in relation to which the customer
(1) Subject to (4), a9firm must set the minimum required repayment under a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or a store card at an amount equal to at least that amount which repays the interest, fees and charges that have been applied to the customer's account, plus one percentage of the amount outstanding. [Note: paragraph 6.4 of ILG](2) Where (1) applies and a firm applies interest to a period of more than one month, for the purpose of calculating the amount of the
A firm under a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or a store card must provide a customer with the option to pay any amount they choose (equal to or more than the minimum required repayment but less than the full outstanding balance) on a regular basis, when making automated repayments. [Note: paragraph 6.5 of ILG]
A firm must not increase, nor offer to increase, a5customer'scredit limit on a credit card or retail revolving credit agreement5 where: (1) the firm has been advised that the customer does not wish to have any credit limit increases; or(2) a customer is at risk of financial difficulties. [Note: paragraphs 6.6 and 6.7 of ILG]
CONC 6.7.10RRP
Where a customer is at risk of financial difficulties, a firm under a retail revolving credit agreement or a5regulated credit agreement for a credit card 5must, other than where a promotional rate of interest ends, not increase the rate of interest under the agreement. [Note: paragraph 6.10 of ILG]
CONC 6.7.11GRP
For the purposes of CONC 6.7.7 R and CONC 6.7.10 R a customer is at risk of financial difficulties if the customer:(1) is two or more payments in arrears; or(2) has agreed a repayment plan with the firm in question; or(3) is in serious discussion with a firm which carries on debt counselling with a view to entering into a debt management plan and the firm has been notified of this fact.[Note: paragraph 6.10 (box) of ILG]
CONC 6.7.13RRP
Where a firm proposes to exercise a power under a regulated credit agreement for a credit card or store card to increase the interest rate, the firm must: (1) permit the customer sixty days, from the date of the firm's notice of the proposed increase during which period the customer may give notice to the firm requiring it to close the account;(2) permit the customer to pay off the outstanding balance at the rate of interest before the proposed increase and over a reasonable
CONC 6.7.14RRP
Where a firm has a right to increase the interest rate under a regulated credit agreement, the firm must not increase the interest rate unless there is a valid reason for doing so.[Note: paragraph 6.20 of ILG]
CONC 6.7.15GRP
Examples of valid reasons for increasing the rate of interest in CONC 6.7.14 R include:(1) recovering the genuine increased costs of funding the provision of credit under the agreement; and (2) a change in the risk presented by the customer which justifies the change in the interest rate, which would not generally include missing a single repayment or failing to repay in full on one or two occasions [Note: paragraph 6.20 (box) of ILG]
CONC 6.7.16RRP
Where a firm increases a rate of interest based on a change in the risk presented by the customer, the firm must: (1) notify the customer that the rate of interest has been increased based on a change in risk presented by the customer; and (2) if requested by the customer provide a suitable explanation which may be a generic explanation for such increases.[Note: paragraph 6.20 (box) of ILG]
CONC 6.7.19RRP
A firm must not refinance a customer's existing credit with the firm (other than by exercising forbearance), unless: (1) the firm does so at the customer's request or with the customer's consent; and (2) the firm reasonably believes that it is not against the customer's best interests to do so. [Note: paragraph 6.24 of ILG]
CONC 6.7.22GRP
A firm should not allow a customer to enter into consecutive agreements with the firm for high-cost short-term credit if the cumulative effect of the agreements would be that the total amount payable by the customer is unsustainable.[Note: paragraph 6.25 (box) of ILG]
Where a customer under a regulated credit agreement fails to make an occasional payment when it becomes due, a firm should, in accordance with Principle 6, allow for such unmade payments to be made within the original term of the agreement unless:(1) the firm reasonably believes that it is appropriate to allow a longer period for repayment and has no reason to believe that doing so will increase the total amount payable to be unsustainable or otherwise cause a customer to be in
Examples of treating a customer with forbearance would include the firm doing one or more of the following, as may be relevant in the circumstances:(1) considering suspending, reducing, waiving or cancelling any further interest or charges (for example, when a customer provides evidence of financial difficulties and is unable to meet repayments as they fall due or is only able to make token repayments, where in either case the level of debt would continue to rise if interest and
An example of where a firm is likely to contravene Principle 6 and CONC 7.3.4 R is where the firm does not allow for alternative, affordable payment amounts to repay the debt due in full, where the customer is in default or arrears difficulties and the customer makes a reasonable proposal for repaying the debt or a debt counsellor or another person acting on the customer's behalf makes such a proposal.[Note: paragraphs 7.16 of ILG and 3.7j of DCG]
CONC 7.3.10RRP
A firm must not pressurise a customer:(1) to pay a debt in one single or very few repayments or in unreasonably large amounts, when to do so would have an adverse impact on the customer's financial circumstances;[Note: paragraph 7.18 of ILG](2) to pay a debt within an unreasonably short period of time; or[Note: paragraphs 3.7i of DCG and 7.18 of ILG](3) to raise funds to repay the debt by selling their property, borrowing money or increasing existing borrowing.[Note: paragraph
CONC 4.2.15RRP
The following information must be provided by the lender or a credit broker as part of, and in addition to that provided under, the adequate explanation required by CONC 4.2.5 R, where applicable, in the specified cases: (1) for credit token agreements:(a) different rates of interest and different charges apply to different elements of the credit provided (for example, a higher cost of withdrawing cash);(b) the implications of only making minimum repayments; (c) interest rates
Where a firm has a contractual right to levy default charges, a regulated credit agreement must state the charges and the conditions for making the charge under, as the case may be, the Consumer Credit (Agreements) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1014) or the Consumer Credit (Agreements) Regulations 1983 (SI 1983/1553).[Note: paragraphs 3.11c of DCG and 7.15 of ILG]
CONC 3.3.10GRP
Examples of practices that are likely to contravene the clear, fair and not misleading rule in CONC 3.3.1 R include:(1) stating or implying that a firm is a lender (where this is not the case);[Note: paragraph 3.7e (box) of CBG](2) misleading a customer as to the availability of a particular credit product; [Note: paragraph 3.9p of CBG(3) concealing or misrepresenting the identity or name of the firm; [Note: paragraph 3.7g (box) of CBG(4) using false testimonials, endorsements
A credit broker must prominently1 disclose to a customer in good time before a credit agreement or a consumer hire agreement is entered into, the existence and nature1 of any commission or fee or other remuneration payable to the credit broker by the lender or owner or a third party1, where the existence or amount of the commission, fee or other remuneration1 could actually or potentially:(1) affect the impartiality of the credit broker in recommending the credit agreement or
CONC 15.1.9GRP
Before a regulated credit agreement secured on land is entered into: (1) the firm should consider the adequate explanations it should give to the customer under CONC 4.2; and[Note: paragraph 3.1 (box) of ILG](2) the firm is required under CONC 5.2A to carry out a creditworthiness assessment5.[Note: paragraphs 1.14 and 4.1 of ILG]