Payday financing within the UK: the regul(aris)ation of the necessary evil?

Payday financing within the UK: the regul(aris)ation of the necessary evil?

Abstract

Concern concerning the use that is increasing of financing led great britain’s Financial Conduct Authority to introduce landmark reforms in 2014/15. This paper presents a more nuanced picture based on a theoretically-informed analysis of the growth and nature of payday lending combined with original and rigorous qualitative interviews with customers while these reforms have generally been welcomed as a way of curbing ‘extortionate’ and ‘predatory’ lending. We argue that payday financing is continuing to grow because of three major and inter-related styles: growing earnings insecurity for folks in both and away from work; cuts in state welfare supply; and increasing financialisation. Current reforms of payday financing do absolutely nothing to tackle these basic causes. Our research additionally makes a contribution that is major debates in regards to the ‘everyday life’ of financialisation by concentrating on the ‘lived experience’ of borrowers. Continue reading “Payday financing within the UK: the regul(aris)ation of the necessary evil?”