Second charge mortgage new business volumes fell by 15% in August 2023

6 October 2023

Commenting on the latest new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Director of Consumer & Mortgage Finance and Inclusion at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said: 

“The level of new business volumes reported by the second charge mortgage market in August was 15% lower than in the same month in 2022 but was above the monthly average in 2023 so far.  The distribution by purpose of loan in August remained stable with 59% of new agreements for the consolidation of existing loans, 12% for home improvements, and a further 24% for both loan consolidation and home improvements.” 

“As always, customers who are concerned about meeting payments should speak to their lender as soon as possible to find a solution.” 

Table 1: New second charge mortgage lending


Aug 2023


 change on prev. year

3 months to Aug 2023

% change on prev. year

12 months to Aug 2023

% change on prev. year

Value of new business (£m)







Number of new agreements (No.)








Note to editors: 

  1. FLA members in the consumer finance sector include banks, credit card providers, store card providers, second-charge mortgage lenders, motor finance providers, personal loan and instalment credit providers.
  2. In 2022, FLA members provided £151 billion of new finance to UK businesses and households. £116 billion of this was in the form of consumer credit, representing over a third of total new consumer credit written in the UK in 2022.
  3. For media enquiries, please contact the FLA press office on 020 7420 9656.


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