study indicates BNPL scheme danger

Over two million UK adults to have used ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ schemes (BNPL) have had their credit scores damaged as a result, according to a new survey commissioned by

The survey, conducted on its behalf by Populus who surveyed 2,096 adults in December 2019, indicated that 41% of respondents were unaware that BNPL schemes could affect their credit score.

BNPL schemes, which allow shoppers to delay or spread the cost of a purchase, have become a commonly used payment method. The survey suggested one in five adults had purchased items through one of these schemes in the past twelve months – equating to 10 million people across the UK. also highlighted that consumer debt had increased by £60bn in the last five years.

Furthermore, the survey found the majority of respondents felt BNPL schemes had contributed to their increased levels of personal debt, with 39% of those aged between 25 and 34 years also suggesting such schemes had damaged their credit score. head of money, John Crossley, commented: “The allure of BNPL is clear, but these statistics show that such schemes are encouraging people into taking on more debt than perhaps they realise.

“Failure to pay outstanding bills can damage your credit score and result in a spiral of outstanding payments which could jeopardise important life milestones, like buying a house. It is concerning that many of these schemes appear to be targeted at younger demographics.”

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