Funding for Lending Scheme failing to get banks lending

The coalition is still failing to get banks lending to businesses, new figures from the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) reveal, despite the introduction of the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which gives cheap funding to banks on the basis that they lend money to households and businesses.

Public fears over housing grow

Nearly one in five of adults polled said they always or often struggle to pay their rent or mortgage, reports Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON.

More evidence housing market has lost its momentum

Figures released today by the Bank of England suggest households’ demand for borrowing remained weak in September. Net lending secured on dwellings (i.e. mortgage borrowing) increased by only £0.1 billion in the month and was just 0.8 per cent higher than in September 2009.