Card providers make significant policy changes


Card issuers make changesOn October 5, Sainsbury's Finance announced it will be offering customers "respite" by making significant changes to its credit card deals.

The provider will now be extending its 0% period on purchases for new customers to 10 months, from the current level of three months.

APRs for the average customer are to be reduced from 16.9% to 15.9%.

Stuart McKeggie, head of Sainsbury's Credit Cards, pointed out that both of these moves went against current trends within the sector as a whole.

"We are … hopefully offering borrowers a bit of respite in what is still a tough economic climate for many people," he added.

Meanwhile, Royal Bank of Scotland has announced that it will no longer be offering credit card deals to customers if they do not already have an account with the bank.

Credit card providers in general have increasingly focussed on customers' risk profiles due to the financial crisis and economic downturn.

The Bank of England said recently that credit conditions in the UK were likely to remain tight throughout the rest of the year.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19393160-ADNFCR

Published: 7 October 2009