There has been a rise in the number of consumers seeking unsecured loans during the economic downturn, according to chief executive of the Association of British Credit Unions (Abcul) Mark Lyonette.
Mr Lyonette stated that the reduction of credit available to consumers has been noted by credit unions, as an increasing number of people contact these bodies regarding unsecured loans.
"A number [of credit unions] have seen a sharp increase in people approaching them for loans and most are noticing the changing attitudes of lenders," he said.
Abcul is working towards ensuring that everyone has access to good quality credit unions, he added.
Furthermore, John Lamidey MBE of financial services group Cattles claimed that there is a need for more flexible credit in the current market.
Consumers worried about the interest rates offered on unsecured loans may be pleased to hear that, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, a base rate cut from the Bank of England's monetary policy committee could happen within a couple of months.
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