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CONSUMER CREDIT ACT 2006

UK Public General Acts

Version 01/10/2015

2006 CHAPTER 14

Default Geographical Extent: E+W+S+N.I.


  • Agreements regulated under the 1974 Act etc.
  • Statements to be provided in relation to regulated credit agreements
  • Default under regulated agreements
  • Unfair relationships
  • Businesses requiring a licence and consequences of not being licensed
  • Applications for licences and fitness to hold a licence etc.
  • Duration of licences and charges
  • Further powers of OFT to regulate conduct of licensees etc.
  • Powers and duties in relation to information
  • Civil penalties
  • Appeals
  • Ombudsman scheme
  • Miscellaneous
  • Final provisions
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Introductory Text

Consumer Credit Act 2006

2006 CHAPTER 14

An Act to amend the Consumer Credit Act 1974; to extend the ombudsman scheme under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to cover licensees under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; and for connected purposes.

[30th March 2006]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Agreements regulated under the 1974 Act etc.


1 Definition of ‘individual’

In section 189(1) of the 1974 Act (definitions) for the definition of “individual” substitute—

““ individual ” includes—
(a) a partnership consisting of two or three persons not all of whom are bodies corporate; and
(b) an unincorporated body of persons which does not consist entirely of bodies corporate and is not a partnership;”.
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I1 S. 1 in force at 6.4.2007 by S.I. 2007/123, art. 3(2), Sch. 2 (with arts. 4, 5)


2 Removal of financial limits etc.

(1) In section 8 of the 1974 Act (which defines consumer credit agreements) —

(a) in subsection (1) for “personal” substitute “ consumer ”;
(b) subsection (2) shall cease to have effect.
(2) In section 15(1) of that Act (which defines consumer hire agreements) paragraph (c) and the “and” immediately preceding it shall cease to have effect.

F1 (3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1 S. 2(3) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)

Commencement Information

I2 S. 2(1) in force at 6.4.2008 for specified purposes by S.I. 2008/831, art. 3(1), Sch. 2 (with art. 4, Sch. 1)

I3 S. 2(1) in force at 31.10.2008 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2008/831, art. 3(2), Sch. 3 (with art. 4)

I4 S. 2(2)(3) in force at 6.4.2008 by S.I. 2008/831, art. 3(1), Sch. 2


F2 3 Exemption relating to high net worth debtors and hirers

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F2 S. 3 omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)


F3 4 Exemption relating to businesses

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F3 S. 4 omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)


5 Consequential amendments relating to ss. 1 to 4

F4 (1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2) In section 10 of that Act (running-account credit and fixed-sum credit) —

(a) in subsection (1) for “personal” wherever occurring substitute “ consumer ”;
F5 (b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
F6 (3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F6 (4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5) In subsection (1) of section 158 of that Act (duty of credit reference agency to disclose filed information) for paragraph (a) substitute—

“(a) a request in writing to that effect from a consumer,”.
(6) After subsection (4) of that section insert—

“(4A) In this section ‘consumer’ means—
(a) a partnership consisting of two or three persons not all of whom are bodies corporate; or
(b) an unincorporated body of persons which does not consist entirely of bodies corporate and is not a partnership.”
(7) In section 181(1) and (2) of that Act (power to alter monetary limits etc.) for “8(2) , 15(1) (c) ” substitute “ 16B(1) ”.

(8) In subsection (5) of section 185 of that Act (agreement with more than one debtor or hirer) —

(a) in paragraph (b) for “a body corporate” substitute “ not an individual ”;
(b) for “the body corporate or bodies corporate” substitute “ each person within paragraph (b) ”.
(9) In subsection (6) of that section after “a body corporate” insert “ within paragraph (b) of that subsection ”.

F7 (10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F4 S. 5(1) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)

F5 S. 5(2)(b) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)

F6 S. 5(3)(4) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)

F7 S. 5(10) omitted (26.7.2013 for specified purposes, 1.4.2014 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2013 (S.I. 2013/1881), art. 1(2)(6), Sch. para. 10(a)

Commencement Information

I5 S. 5(1)-(4) (7) (10) in force at 6.4.2008 by S.I. 2007/3300, art. 3(2), Sch. 2

I6 S. 5(5)(6)(8)(9) in force at 6.4.2007 by S.I. 2007/123, art. 3(2), Sch. 2


Statements to be provided in relation to regulated credit agreements


6 Statements to be provided in relation to fixed-sum credit agreements

After section 77 of the 1974 Act insert—

“77A Statements to be provided in relation to fixed-sum credit agreements
(1) The creditor under a regulated agreement for fixed-sum credit—
(a) shall, within the period of one year beginning with the day after the day on which the agreement is made, give the debtor a statement under this section; and
(b) after the giving of that statement, shall give the debtor further statements under this section at intervals of not more than one year.
(2) Regulations may make provision about the form and content of statements under this section.
(3) The debtor shall have no liability to pay any sum in connection with the preparation or the giving to him of a statement under this section.
(4) The creditor is not required to give the debtor any statement under this section once the following conditions are satisfied—
(a) that there is no sum payable under the agreement by the debtor; and
(b) that there is no sum which will or may become so payable.
(5) Subsection (6) applies if at a time before the conditions mentioned in subsection (4) are satisfied the creditor fails to give the debtor—
(a) a statement under this section within the period mentioned in subsection (1) (a) ; or
(b) such a statement within the period of one year beginning with the day after the day on which such a statement was last given to him.
(6) Where this subsection applies in relation to a failure to give a statement under this section to the debtor—
(a) the creditor shall not be entitled to enforce the agreement during the period of non-compliance;
(b) the debtor shall have no liability to pay any sum of interest to the extent calculated by reference to the period of non-compliance or to any part of it; and
(c) the debtor shall have no liability to pay any default sum which (apart from this paragraph) —
(i) would have become payable during the period of non-compliance; or
(ii) would have become payable after the end of that period in connection with a breach of the agreement which occurs during that period (whether or not the breach continues after the end of that period).
(7) In this section ‘the period of non-compliance’ means, in relation to a failure to give a statement under this section to the debtor, the period which—
(a) begins immediately after the end of the period mentioned in paragraph (a) or (as the case may be) paragraph (b) of subsection (5) ; and
(b) ends at the end of the day on which the statement is given to the debtor or on which the conditions mentioned in subsection (4) are satisfied, whichever is earlier.
(8) This section does not apply in relation to a non-commercial agreement or to a small agreement.”
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I7 S. 6 in force at 16.6.2006 for specified purposes by S.I. 2006/1508, art. 3(1), Sch. 1

I8 S. 6 in force at 1.10.2008 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2007/3300, art. 3(3), Sch. 3


7 Further provision relating to statements

(1) In section 78 of the 1974 Act (duty to give information to debtor under running-account credit agreement) after subsection (4) insert—

“(4A) Regulations may require a statement under subsection (4) to contain also information in the prescribed terms about the consequences of the debtor—
(a) failing to make payments as required by the agreement; or
(b) only making payments of a prescribed description in prescribed circumstances.”
(2) In subsection (7) of that section for “(4) and (5) ” substitute “ (4) to (5) ”.

(3) In section 185 of that Act (agreement with more than one debtor or hirer) for subsection (2) substitute—

“(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) (a) , where credit is provided under an agreement to two or more debtors jointly, in performing his duties—
(a) in the case of fixed-sum credit, under section 77A, or
(b) in the case of running-account credit, under section 78(4) ,
the creditor need not give statements to any debtor who has signed and given to him a notice (a ‘dispensing notice’) authorising him not to comply in the debtor's case with section 77A or (as the case may be) 78(4).
(2A) A dispensing notice given by a debtor is operative from when it is given to the creditor until it is revoked by a further notice given to the creditor by the debtor.
(2B) But subsection (2) does not apply if (apart from this subsection) dispensing notices would be operative in relation to all of the debtors to whom the credit is provided.
(2C) Any dispensing notices operative in relation to an agreement shall cease to have effect if any of the debtors dies.
(2D) A dispensing notice which is operative in relation to an agreement shall be operative also in relation to any subsequent agreement which, in relation to the earlier agreement, is a modifying agreement.”
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I9 S. 7(1)(2) in force at 16.6.2006 by S.I. 2006/1508, art. 3(1), Sch. 1

I10 S. 7(3) in force at 1.10.2008 by S.I. 2007/3300, art. 3(3), Sch. 3


Default under regulated agreements


8 OFT to prepare information sheets on arrears and default

At the beginning of Part 7 of the 1974 Act insert—

“Information sheets (E+W+S+N.I.)
86A OFT to prepare information sheets on arrears and default
(1) The OFT shall prepare, and give general notice of, an arrears information sheet and a default information sheet.
(2) The arrears information sheet shall include information to help debtors and hirers who receive notices under section 86B or 86C.
(3) The default information sheet shall include information to help debtors and hirers who receive default notices.
(4) Regulations may make provision about the information to be included in an information sheet.
(5) An information sheet takes effect for the purposes of this Part at the end of the period of three months beginning with the day on which general notice of it is given.
(6) If the OFT revises an information sheet after general notice of it has been given, it shall give general notice of the information sheet as revised.
(7) A revised information sheet takes effect for the purposes of this Part at the end of the period of three months beginning with the day on which general notice of it is given.”
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I11 S. 8 in force at 31.1.2007 by S.I. 2007/123, art. 3(1), Sch. 1


9 Notice of sums in arrears under fixed-sum credit agreements etc.

After section 86A of the 1974 Act (inserted by section 8 of this Act) insert—

“Sums in arrears and default sums (E+W+S+N.I.)
86B Notice of sums in arrears under fixed-sum credit agreements etc.
(1) This section applies where at any time the following conditions are satisfied—
(a) that the debtor or hirer under an applicable agreement is required to have made at least two payments under the agreement before that time;
(b) that the total sum paid under the agreement by him is less than the total sum which he is required to have paid before that time;
(c) that the amount of the shortfall is no less than the sum of the last two payments which he is required to have made before that time;
(d) that the creditor or owner is not already under a duty to give him notices under this section in relation to the agreement; and
(e) if a judgment has been given in relation to the agreement before that time, that there is no sum still to be paid under the judgment by the debtor or hirer.
(2) The creditor or owner—
(a) shall, within the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which the conditions mentioned in subsection (1) are satisfied, give the debtor or hirer a notice under this section; and
(b) after the giving of that notice, shall give him further notices under this section at intervals of not more than six months.
(3) The duty of the creditor or owner to give the debtor or hirer notices under this section shall cease when either of the conditions mentioned in subsection (4) is satisfied; but if either of those conditions is satisfied before the notice required by subsection (2) (a) is given, the duty shall not cease until that notice is given.
(4) The conditions referred to in subsection (3) are—
(a) that the debtor or hirer ceases to be in arrears;
(b) that a judgment is given in relation to the agreement under which a sum is required to be paid by the debtor or hirer.
(5) For the purposes of subsection (4) (a) the debtor or hirer ceases to be in arrears when—
(a) no sum, which he has ever failed to pay under the agreement when required, is still owing;
(b) no default sum, which has ever become payable under the agreement in connection with his failure to pay any sum under the agreement when required, is still owing;
(c) no sum of interest, which has ever become payable under the agreement in connection with such a default sum, is still owing; and
(d) no other sum of interest, which has ever become payable under the agreement in connection with his failure to pay any sum under the agreement when required, is still owing.
(6) A notice under this section shall include a copy of the current arrears information sheet under section 86A.
(7) The debtor or hirer shall have no liability to pay any sum in connection with the preparation or the giving to him of a notice under this section.
(8) Regulations may make provision about the form and content of notices under this section.
(9) In the case of an applicable agreement under which the debtor or hirer must make all payments he is required to make at intervals of one week or less, this section shall have effect as if in subsection (1) (a) and (c) for ‘two’ there were substituted ‘four’.
(10) If an agreement mentioned in subsection (9) was made before the beginning of the relevant period, only amounts resulting from failures by the debtor or hirer to make payments he is required to have made during that period shall be taken into account in determining any shortfall for the purposes of subsection (1) (c).
(11) In subsection (10) ‘relevant period’ means the period of 20 weeks ending with the day on which the debtor or hirer is required to have made the most recent payment under the agreement.
(12) In this section ‘applicable agreement’ means an agreement which—
(a) is a regulated agreement for fixed-sum credit or a regulated consumer hire agreement; and
(b) is neither a non-commercial agreement nor a small agreement.”
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I12 S. 9 in force at 16.6.2006 for specified purposes by S.I. 2006/1508, art. 3(1), Sch. 1

I13 S. 9 in force at 1.10.2008 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2007/3300, art. 3(3), Sch. 3


10 Notice of sums in arrears under running-account credit agreements

After section 86B of the 1974 Act (inserted by section 9 of this Act) insert—

“86C Notice of sums in arrears under running-account credit agreements
(1) This section applies where at any time the following conditions are satisfied—
(a) that the debtor under an applicable agreement is required to have made at least two payments under the agreement before that time;
(b) that the last two payments which he is required to have made before that time have not been made;
(c) that the creditor has not already been required to give a notice under this section in relation to either of those payments; and
(d) if a judgment has been given in relation to the agreement before that time, that there is no sum still to be paid under the judgment by the debtor.
(2) The creditor shall, no later than the end of the period within which he is next required to give a statement under section 78(4) in relation to the agreement, give the debtor a notice under this section.
(3) The notice shall include a copy of the current arrears information sheet under section 86A.
(4) The notice may be incorporated in a statement or other notice which the creditor gives the debtor in relation to the agreement by virtue of another provision of this Act.
(5) The debtor shall have no liability to pay any sum in connection with the preparation or the giving to him of the notice.
(6) Regulations may make provision about the form and content of notices under this section.
(7) In this section ‘applicable agreement’ means an agreement which—
(a) is a regulated agreement for running-account credit; and
(b) is neither a non-commercial agreement nor a small agreement.”
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I14 S. 10 in force at 16.6.2006 for specified purposes by S.I. 2006/1508, art. 3(1), Sch. 1

I15 S. 10 in force at 1.10.2008 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 2007/3300, art. 3(3), Sch. 3


11 Failure to give notice of sums in arrears

After section 86C of the 1974 Act (inserted by section 10 of this Act) insert—

“86D Failure to give notice of sums in arrears
(1) This section applies where the creditor or owner under an agreement is under a duty to give the debtor or hirer notices under section 86B but fails to give him such a notice—
(a) within the period mentioned in subsection (2) (a) of that section; or
(b) within the period of six months beginning with the day after the day on which such a notice was last given to him.
(2) This section also applies where the creditor under an agreement is under a duty to give the debtor a notice under section 86C but fails to do so before the end of the period mentioned in subsection (2) of that section.
(3) The creditor or owner shall not be entitled to enforce the agreement during the period of non-compliance.
(4) The debtor or hirer shall have no liability to pay—
(a) any sum of interest to the extent calculated by reference to the period of non-compliance or to any part of it; or
(b) any default sum which (apart from this paragraph) —
(i) would have become payable during the period of non-compliance; or
(ii) would have become payable after the end of that period in connection with a breach of the agreement which occurs during that period (whether or not the breach continues after the end of that period).
(5) In this section ‘the period of non-compliance’ means, in relation to a failure to give a notice under section 86B or 86C to the debtor or hirer, the period which—
(a) begins immediately after the end of the period mentioned in (as the case may be) subsection (1) (a) or (b) or (2) ; and
(b) ends at the end of the day mentioned in subsection (6).
(6) That day is—
(a) in the case of a failure to give a notice under section 86B as mentioned in subsection (1) (a) of this section, the day on which the notice is given to the debtor or hirer;
(b) in the case of a failure to give a notice under that section as mentioned in subsection (1) (b) of this section, the earlier of the following—
(i) the day on which the notice is given to the debtor or hirer;
(ii) the day on which the condition mentioned in subsection (4) (a) of that section is satisfied;
(c) in the case of a failure to give a notice under section 86C, the day on which the notice is given to the debtor.”
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I16 S. 11 in force at 1.10.2008 by S.I. 2007/3300, art. 3(3), Sch. 3