In its Credit Card market study, the Financial Conduct Authority outlined some of its concerns about the way credit cards are used:
“…around 650,000 cardholders have been in persistent debt for at least three consecutive years and a further 750,000 cardholders have been making systematic minimum repayments for at least three consecutive years. As credit card firms note, credit cards are suited to short term borrowing and can be an expensive way to borrow large amounts over a long period. We are concerned about the volume of borrowing behaviour that does not fit this pattern.”  https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/market-studies/ms14-6-3-credit-card-market-study-final-findings-report.pdf
Lenders not only need to act responsibly in agreeing to provide a credit card in the first place, but consider whether any credit limit increases will lead to the customer borrowing more money which cannot be sustainably repaid. There may well become a point at which it was no longer responsible of the lender to increase the customer’s credit limit any further.
Proportionate checks should be carried out by the lender to ensure the credit is affordable. There are numerous signs that credit is unaffordable, including trouble with existing debts and online betting. In upholding a complaint, an Ombudsman stated:
“I don’t think the checks Newday carried out were proportionate or reasonable when the unsolicited offers to increase the credit limit on his Aqua card were made. Evidence was available to demonstrate his increasing indebtedness and potentially significant issues with gambling spending.”  https://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/decision/DRN-2873482.pdf
If your claim is upheld, you can expect to receive the interest charges back associated with any unaffordable credit limits.Apply Now
We realise that claiming against a high cost loan lender can seem daunting. We aim to make the claiming process as simple as possible. We specialise in affordability claims. Our experienced team will communicate with the lender (and where required, the Ombudsman service) on your behalf. We use bespoke technology to ensure efficient claims handling. Throughout the process, we inform you of claim progress using a “stage process”, so you can track your progress easily. Please remember though, that you do not need to use a claims management company to make your complaint to your lender, and if your complaint is not successful you can refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service yourself for free.
Pre complaint investigation and analysis
Formal mis-selling complaint made
Lender responds with a Final Response Letter
If appropriate resolution cannot be reached with the lender, referral to Financial Ombudsman Service.
Our success fee is due only if your lender makes a compensation payout, and is calculated on the amount of the compensation payout. We do not charge you for any part of a settlement that results in the lender reducing your outstanding balance – that is on the house!
The success fee amount is calculated using a band charging system. There are five charging bands. Each band has a maximum amount that we will charge.
Success Fee Charging Table
|Band||Compensation Payout||Percentage rate the Success Fee is calculated on (including VAT)||Maximum Success Fee in band (including VAT)|
|1||£1 to £1,499||36%||£504|
|2||£1,500 to £9,999||33.60%||£3,000|
|3||£10,000 to £24,999||30%||£6,000|
|4||£25,000 to £49,999||24%||£,9000|
|5||£50,000 or more||18%||£12,000|
Below are examples of how this would work in practice.
|Lower example||Higher example|
|Band||Compensation Payout||Success Fee||Compensation Payout||Success Fee|
If you want to see how much we would charge for a specific amount, please visit our online fee calculator at https://allegiant.co.uk/unaffordable-lending-claim-fees.
Please note that the examples in the tables are for illustration purposes only. They are not an estimate of the likely outcome or success fee.
You can cancel for free at any time within 14-days without giving any reason and without incurring any liability. You can communicate your cancellation by telephone, post, email or online.
You can cancel this agreement at any time after the 14-day cancellation period. However, if a complaint submitted by us is successful, the Success Fee will apply in the usual way.
You can cancel by post: Allegiant Finance Services Limited, Freepost RTYU–XUTZ–YKJC, 400 Chadwick House, Warrington Road, Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6AE; (b) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; (c) by telephone: 0345 544 1563; or (d) online at https://allegiant.co.uk/compliance/cancellation.
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We are proud to have recovered over £67m for unaffordable lending claims since 2013
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