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Arrears cases continue to drop

Arrears cases continue to drop

Category: Debt

Updated: 08/03/2011
First Published: 14/09/2010

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The number of homeowners struggling to keep on top of their mortgage repayments has fallen for the sixth quarter in a row.

According to the latest mortgage lending data from the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the number of new arrears cases totalled 37,200 in the second quarter of the year, 8% down on the first quarter.

The total number of accounts in arrears also continued to improve, with a 3% decline making it four consecutive quarters of falls.

Meanwhile, there was also a drop in the number of repossessions reported over the three months.

Around 10,000 new repossessions were instigated over the period, 5% down on the previous quarter and the lowest figure for over two years.

While the improvements noted by the FSA are encouraging, a significant number of people will still be battling to keep control of their finances.

Seeking debt advice before debts can get out of hand is vital, whether they relate to mortgage repayments or personal loans.

Potential sources of help and guidance include the Consumer Credit Counselling Service, the National Debtline and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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