UK credit card laws likely to change

Change could come as a result of new U.S. card laws


Credit card changes likely to be changedLegislation on credit cards in the UK could soon be changed, reflecting the new US Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act).

This is the view of Auriemma Consulting Group, which pointed out that reforms to consumer lending regulations in America are commonly reflected across the Atlantic within three years.

The CARD Act, signed by president Barack Obama this summer, imposes new controls on credit card lenders in order to promote responsible borrowing.

Auremmia Consulting said that, due in part to the severity of the present financial downturn, similar laws could be adopted in the UK as soon as the end of 2010.

The report also predicted the widespread changes that could come to the market as a consequence of the legislation, including the dying-out of bonus offers for new card customers. By contrast, card products offering fixed annual rates are expected to become more numerous.

Matt Simester, director of Auremmia Consulting, also expressed concern that higher-risk credit card applicants could be rejected in greater numbers in future, leading them to turn to unregulated lenders such as loan sharks.

"For many consumers, a credit card -- even one with a higher rate -- is the only legitimate borrowing channel accessible to them," he added.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19344070-ADNFCR

Published: 8 September 2009