If you have a question, we’ve almost certainly been asked before, so please have a look at these handy little FAQ’s which will probably answer most of your burning questions.
I HAVE BEEN, OR EXPECT TO BE, AFFECTED BY COVID-19, WHAT CAN I DO?
Please call us on +44 2920 548 118* between 8am and 7pm Monday – Saturday, between 9am and 5pm Sunday, and we will do what we can to help you through this difficult time.
Together, we will assess how COVID-19 has impacted your finances, to try and understand whether you are (or expect to be) in financial difficulty for a temporary period, or if you expect your financial difficulties to last longer. In both instances, we will be able to suggest appropriate solutions to help you through this time of great uncertainty.
We will ask about your current circumstances and assess your current and future income and outgoings. This will help us understand your situation and we will offer you different solutions to help you manage your account for the duration of your financial difficulties.
Before you call us, it would be helpful if you gather all the information we will need to assess your income and outgoings. Please make a note of the following, and the frequency of payments before you call us:
- Details of your salary (your take home pay after deductions)
- If applicable, your partner’s salary (take home pay after deductions)
- Other earnings
- Benefits / tax credits including child benefit
- Mortgage / Rent payments
- Council tax (including water charges if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland)
- TV Licence
- Outstanding debt with HMRC
- Utility bills including electric, gas and water
- Care and healthcare costs including prescriptions, medicine, dentistry and opticians
- Transport and travel costs including hire purchase, fuel and parking, vehicle insurance and public transport
- Insurance including life insurance, buildings, home and contents insurance.
- Pension contributions (if not taken out of your gross pay)
- If you’re self-employed, we will need to know about your Tax / NI and VAT contributions.
- Home, mobile and broadband / TV packages
- Groceries / food shopping
- Outgoings for your dependents including childcare, child maintenance or CSA payments, school uniform and other costs, school dinners
- Other creditors such as credit cards, secured loans, unsecured loans and payday loans
- Other expenditure including car tax, catalogue payments and pet insurance
IF I AM (OR EXPECT TO BE) IN SHORT-TERM FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY AS A RESULT OF COVId-19, WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?
If you are facing (or expect to face) temporary difficulties with your finances as a result of COVID-19, such as a reduction in or a short-term loss of income (e.g. up to six months), we can discuss the most suitable options available to help you through this time.
If you are (or expect to be) temporarily affected by COVID-19 and want to discuss the options available to you, please contact us on +44 2920 548 118* between 8am and 7pm Monday – Saturday, between 9am and 5pm Sunday.
IF I AM (OR EXPECT TO BE) IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY DUE TO THE COVID-19, BUT I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE TEMPORARY, WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
If you expect to be in financial difficulty for a longer period of time (e.g. six months or more), or just want to understand what other options are available to you, please call us on +44 2920 548 118* between 8am and 7pm Monday – Saturday, between 9am and 5pm Sunday, to speak with us about how 118 118 Money can help you during this difficult time.
CAN I STILL APPLY FOR A TEMPORARY PAYMENT FREEZE?
In line with current FCA guidance, we are no longer accepting Temporary Payment Freeze requests or extensions.
If you are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 then please contact us to discuss tailored support before you miss payments.
WHERE ELSE CAN I SEEK HELP?
If you are facing financial difficulties, some of the organisations which may be able to help you with debt advice and guidance on how to manage your money are listed below:
Money Helper – Set up by the Government, The Money Helper offer free and impartial money advice. To use the Money Helper’s Money Navigator Tool click here.
National Debtline – This is a free, confidential, and independent phone helpline for debt problems. Call 0808 808 4000. (England, Wales, and Scotland only) or click here.
PayPlan – PayPlan offer free debt help and advice. To find out about their solutions, click here.
Step Change – A debt counselling charity. Call 0800 138 1111 or click here.
Advice UK – A network of independent advice-providing organisations. Call 0300 7770107 or click here.
Is there anything else I should think about?
COVID-19 has caused uncertainty and distress nationwide. Sadly, fraudsters look to take advantage of people during times of uncertainty, and you may be the target of potential scams from fraudsters who want to use COVID-19 to make a financial gain. Please be more vigilant of scams, don’t disclose your financial details to third parties, and know that we would never ask you to provide us with login passwords, nor would we ever ask you to transfer your money elsewhere.
If you think you’ve been the victim of fraud or a COVID-19 scam, please contact us urgently to report it, and also report the incident to Action Fraud.
Who can apply?
You are welcome to apply if you:
- are between the ages of 18 and 70
- are a UK resident
- hold a current UK bank account and debit card
- have a monthly net income of more than £700
- are employed or self-employed
What do I need to apply?
We’ll need to know your:
- mobile phone number
- email address
- home address
- employment history
- net monthly income
- bank details
What loans do you offer?
We offer loans of £1,000 to £5,000 with fixed monthly payments over 1 to 3 years.
Do you offer short-term or pay day loans?
How do you work out my payments?
You tell us the amount you wish to borrow and for how long; we’ll tell you the monthly amount to repay, the total amount owed, and the interest rate.
What does APR mean?
APR is the Annual Percentage Rate. It determines the true total cost of credit to you for one year, including interest and charge.
It’s important to look past ‘headline’ rates and find lenders’ true APRs so you can accurately compare different loans.
Where can I apply?
You can apply here. The 118 118 Money Lending Team is also available to assist and you can contact us to guide you through the application process, to help you understand our lending decision, and - if you're accepted - to provide on-going support for your loan.
CAN I FIND OUT IF I MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A LOAN WITHOUT IMPACTING MY CREDIT RATING?
Yes. With Quick Check we’ll review your information and let you know whether you are likely to qualify for a loan. This review will not affect your credit rating. (Of course, our final loan offer will be dependent upon further checks made during the loan application.)
Will you be making a credit bureau check on me?
Yes. As part of your loan application we will request your credit report from TransUnion and/or Experian.
Will I need to send in extra paperwork?
Usually, the information from the application and credit bureau check will be enough for us to make a loan decision. In some cases, however, we’ll require additional information. If this is the case, we’ll contact you.
Would you consider lending to someone with less than perfect credit?
Yes. We consider all applications individually and try to consider all circumstances fairly.
How do you decide if my application is successful?
It all comes down to your ability to repay the loan based on what you tell us, how well you’ve managed credit before, your financial profile, and what the credit agencies tell us. Accordingly, it’s in your best interest to complete your application form as accurately as you can.
What can I do to improve my chances of getting credit?
Take a look at our Top 10 Tips for improving your credit rating.
Does applying online mean I get an instant answer?
Our response won’t be instant but our aim is to process everything promptly and make a decision as quickly as we can. To help us, please remember to complete the entire application form and carefully read the documents we email you.
Can I use my loan for anything I choose?
Yes. We’re interested in understanding why you might want a loan, but you may use the money however you wish.
If I have problems completing my application, can you help?
Certainly. Please call us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300* and we’ll do our best to help.
Why do you need my bank account details?
We ask for your bank account details in order to know where to deposit your loan, and where to collect your monthly payments by direct debit.
Are my debit card details safe?
Your debit card details are safe with us. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to keep your personal information secure.
What should I do if I didn’t receive my PIN verification code?
You should re-verify your e-mail address on our website. Once you’ve done so, a new PIN will be sent to you. If you’re still having problems, please call us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300*.
How can I check on the status of my loan application?
Please call us on 02920 893300*.
Can I apply for a loan and – if approved – receive money over the weekend?
Yes. We process applications and send funds seven days a week. However, if your application is processed and approved in the evening, you may not receive funds until the next day. At times we may require a little more information from you to assess your application. This would mean we wouldn’t be able to send funds until we have been able to talk to you.
If my loan application is rejected, can I try again?
If your financial circumstances change, we welcome you to re-apply after 180 days.
CAN I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER MY LOAN IS ACCEPTED?
Yes – and we make it easy for you if you do change your mind.
Even after your loan is approved, you’ll have 14 days to notify us that you wish to withdraw from your loan agreement. This can be done by:
- Writing to us at 118 118 Money, 3 Alexandra Gate, Ffordd Pengam, Cardiff, CF24 2SA
- Phoning us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893 300
- Emailing us at email@example.com
- Chat with us on www.118118money.com
Remember – you will need to repay the full amount that you borrowed within 30 days of contacting us.
If you withdraw from your loan, you will be unable to change your mind because you will have cancelled the contract.
CAN I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER MY TOP UP LOAN IS ACCEPTED?
Yes. Even after your top up loan is approved, you’ll have 14 days to notify us that you wish to withdraw from your new loan agreement. This can be done by writing to us at 118 118 Money, 3 Alexandra Gate, Ffordd Pengam, Cardiff, CF24 2SA or by phoning us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893 300*.
Remember – you will need to repay the full amount that you borrowed for your top up loan, plus the balance used to settle your original loan, within 30 days of contacting us.
If you do wish to withdraw, however, you are unable to change your mind because you will have cancelled the contract.
What can I do if I’m unhappy with your loan decision?
If you have any additional information that you believe wasn’t taken into consideration at the time of your original application, please get in touch. We’ll then review this information and let you know our decision.
If my application is approved, how soon will I get my money?
You’ll get a welcome call from us shortly after we’ve approved your loan just to confirm a few details. Once we’ve completed that call, we aim to deposit the money straightaway into your bank account.
What documentation will I receive before my loan agreement?
Before sending you your agreement, we’ll send you pre-contractual information along with an explanation sheet. This will give you important information for you to consider regarding your loan prior to signing your loan agreement.
Can I reduce the loan amount that I wish to borrow?
Yes – you can reduce the loan amount, providing the loan has not been deposited. Please contact us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300* for more information.
How do you collect payments?
We’ll set up a direct debit mandate on the bank account you gave us on your application. If we can’t debit your account via this method, then we may use your debit card to try to collect any payment you miss. However, we will never try to use your card details to take a missed payment more than three times each time you fall into arrears and we will only ever use it if you are one payment behind to try to take the whole of that missed payment.
You can contact us at any time during the agreement with us to update or cancel your direct debit authorisation and/or debit card details. If you do cancel either your direct debit or debit card authorisation, you will need to arrange an alternative form of payment that is acceptable to us.
When I make a payment, when should I expect to see it on my account?
You’ll be able to see your payments on your account. You can check online by logging into your account.
Can I pay off the loan early?
Yes. You can make a partial or full repayment at any time. Call us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300* to find out how much is still owed and to discuss how much you wish to repay. When you contact us, we will provide you with an early settlement quotation or a partial early settlement quotation, which is valid for 28 days.
When you take out a loan with us, we calculate the amount of interest payable over the term of your loan (based on the APR of the loan and the amount you borrow from us). We add this interest to the amount you borrow from us (to give us the total amount payable by you under the loan) and we then calculate what your monthly payments are based on this. If you decide to pay off all or part of your loan early, you are entitled to an interest rebate as you will paying some or all of the amounts payable under your loan agreement before they are due to be paid, so you will receive a rebate of interest to take account of the fact that you are paying off some or all of the loan sooner. There are legal rules which set out how we must calculate the interest rebate – these rules are set out in the Consumer Credit (Early Settlement) Regulations 2004 – more information can be found here.
In addition, if you decide to pay some or all of your loan early, if the loan is for a period of 12 months, we are also entitled to charge up to 28 days’ interest or, if it is for a period of more than 12 months, we are entitled to charge up to 58 days’ interest.
CAN I CHANGE MY PAYMENT DUE DATE?
Yes. However, this can only be done after your first payment has been made.
We will always try and set your monthly payment to the date that suits your circumstances best, but should you need to change this date during the life of your loan, you can do so by contacting us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893 300.
What should I do if I’m having difficulty making payments?
Don’t hesitate and please call us on 08000 118 100/02920 893400* as soon as possible to see what we can do.
What do you do if I fail to repay a loan?
Everyone’s circumstances are different. Call us on 08000 118 100 or 02920 893400* as soon as possible so we can discuss your situation with you.
Can I view my balance online?
Yes, you can. Log into the account management section of our website where you’ll be able to see your current balance and recent payments.
If my personal details change (for example, I’ve moved, or my bank account information has changed), then how do I let you know?
Please call us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300*.
What happens if I forget my password or need to reset it?
Log into your account on our website; you can click on "Forgotten your password".
My circumstances have changed what should I do?
If your circumstances change, please call us on 08000 118 100 or 02920 893400* so that we can work with you on a viable solution.
How can I pay?
Details on how to pay can be found here.
How often will I receive statements in the post?
You will receive an annual statement from us for the duration of your loan. You can see your current balance and recent payment history by logging into your account on our website. Should you require further assistance, please contact us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300*.
Can I extend my loan term?
Your loan term is set at the start of your agreement with us. You can shorten the length of your loan by making additional payments; however, you cannot extend beyond your original term. If you are having difficulties making your payments, please contact us on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300*.
Are there any hidden charges?
There are no hidden charges with 118 118 Money loans.
I have settled my 118 118 Money loan, can I apply again?
If you have completed or settled your loan from 118 118 Money early, before reapplying please contact our Customer Value team on 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300*.
Can I take out more than one loan?
No. But we will happily process another loan application once you’ve fully repaid the first loan. This new application will be subject to our standard application evaluation process.
What are TransUnion and Experian?
TransUnion and Experian are reference agencies we use to carry out checks on an applicant’s credit history file.
How do you protect my data?
Your data are safe with us. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to keep your personal information secure.
How are you regulated?
118 118 Money is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference Number 741774). You can confirm our registration on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website www.fca.org.uk/register or by contacting the Financial Conduct Authority on 0800 1116768.
118 118 Money is a trading name and appears on the register as Madison CF UK Limited.
Where can I go for independent debt counselling advice?
We would recommend seeking out an organisation offering free advice, including:
- National Debtline– This is a free, confidential, and independent phone helpline for debt problems. 0808 808 4000. (England, Wales, and Scotland only)
- Advice UK– A network of independent advice-providing organisations. 0300 7770107.
- Citizens Advice Bureau– A network of local offices offering free, confidential, independent advice. If you live in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland, click here. If you live in Scotland, click here.
- Step Change– A debt counselling charity. Call 0800 138 1111.
INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTARY ARRANGEMENT
An IVA is a formal and legally binding agreement between you and your creditors to pay back your debts over a set period of time. This means it is approved by the court and your creditors have to stick to it.
When in an IVA, you will make regular payments to an insolvency practitioner and these payments are then be divided between all of your creditors.
An IVA applies to individuals living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For Scottish citizens, you may wish to consider a Trust Deed.
Bankruptcy is a legal status and can be applied for if you are an individual living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland struggling to repay your debts.
A bankruptcy will normally end after a year, although the Official Receiver will advise you of when it is officially over. When applying for bankruptcy, your non-essential assets and excess income are used to pay your creditors.
For the Scottish equivalent, see ‘Sequestration’.
Similar to an IVA, Trust Deed is a voluntary agreement with your creditors to repay what you owe them. It applies to individuals’ living in Scotland and is legally binding.
A Trust Deed applies to unsecured debts, and once signed, you agree to make regular affordable payments over a fixed period of up to four years to reduce your debts.
A Trust Deed must be set up by an insolvency practitioner (a trustee) who will deal with your creditors on your behalf.
A Sequestration is a bankruptcy procedure in Scotland whereby all of your assets, including your property, are transferred to a Trustee who will then administer the bankruptcy and manage the sale of your assets to generate funds for creditors.
DEBT MANAGEMENT PLAN
A Debt Management Plan (DMP) is a debt solution used to help individuals repay their debts at an affordable rate agreed by your creditors.
A DMP involves making reduced monthly payments towards debts. A DMP may be suitable for individuals who are still able to afford to make payments towards any debts, after creating a budget sheet to cover essentials (food, rent, utilities).
DEBT RELIEF ORDER
A Debt Relief Order (DRO) is one way to deal with your debts if you do not own your home, do not have much excess income, and your debts are under £20,000.
A DRO will normally last for one year and is not available for individuals’ living in Scotland.
Are you a member of any trade bodies?
We are members of the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) which is a trade body for the asset, consumer and motor finance sectors in the UK. As members, we subscribe to the FLA’s lending code which sets out best practice in consumer lending. You can find a copy of the Code here: http://www.fla.org.uk/index.php/consumer-information/lending-code
What happens if an over-payment or payment in error is taken?
- If you make an over-payment by card we will, if requested, refund the amount to the card you used.
- If you have made a payment via a debit card associated with a UK bank account, the funds should be returned via ‘Faster Payments’ to your bank account.
- If you cancel your Direct Debit, we may invoke our Continuous Payment Authority (CPA) rights as specified in the loan agreement.
- If a payment is taken in error via CPA, we will refund the payment taken to the card used or your bank account, as detailed above.
- Any refunds will be processed within 5 days of us being made aware of the issue.
- If you receive a refund you’re not entitled to, you must pay it back when we ask you to.
WHAT IS STRONG CUSTOMER AUTHENTICATION?
Put simply, 'Strong Customer Authentication' is an identity check. We are required by law to put in place measures to help protect you from unauthorised use of your account, this is also known as SCA. It means that, for some transactions and when logging into your account or app, you will be asked to provide two elements of identification from the following three options:
- Something you know, such as a PIN or password.
- Something you have, such as a phone.
- Something you are, such as a fingerprint.
WHY AM I BEING ASKED FOR AUTHENTICATION?
From time to time, you may be asked to provide the elements of identification above for certain payments or when accessing your online account or app. We know that this may sometimes add an additional step to the purchasing/log in process, but we take fraud prevention and protecting your money very seriously.
WHAT IS A ONE TIME PASSCODE?
A one-time passcode (also known as OTP) is an automatically generated 6-digit code, that when successfully entered authenticates you for a single log in session.
WILL I HAVE TO ENTER THE ONE TIME PASSCODE EVERY TIME I LOG IN TO THE ONLINE ACCOUNT OR APP?
If you’re an app user, you will only be sent the OTP from time to time. If you access your account by a web browser you will need to enter the OTP every time you access your account.
HOW WILL YOU SEND ME THIS ONE TIME PASSCODE?
The OTP will be sent to the mobile number we have on file for you. It is extremely important we have the correct mobile number for you otherwise you will not receive the OTP and therefore will not be able to log in to the online account or app. If your number has changed or you have problems logging in please contact our customer services on +44 2920 548 118*.
WHAT IF I AM HAVING TROUBLE WITH STRONG CUSTOMER AUTHENTICATION?
If you are having trouble with authentication, please get in touch with our customer support team. You can reach them through the chat function on our website or in the 118 118 Money app. If you prefer to call, you can reach us on +44 2920 548 118* and we'll be happy to help!
If you need any immediate help then get in touch with us by calling 08000 118 000 or 02920 893300* or email us at CustomerServices@118118Money.com (*08000 118 000 is free from UK landlines and mobiles. 02920 893300 is charged by your provider as UK national number).