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Interest rates rise by half a percentage point

The move means any debts we have could become more expensive to repay

Those of us with debts could be facing higher repayments as interest rates were raised by half a percentage point.

The interest rate raise to 1.75 per cent is an attempt to stop inflation running wild. But so far, a lot of the focus has been on people with mortgages.

But as the cost of living crisis goes on, many of us have been turning to credit more than ever. So what does the rate rise mean for our debts?

Well, first of all we need to make sure we’re opening all our post. If our credit card providers are upping the interest we pay, they’ll let us know by letter. They have to give us 30 days’ notice and the new interest rate will apply to all the debt we have on the card – not just to new spending.

If our credit card company does decide to up our interest rate, we don’t have to accept it. We can choose to reject it – but we’ll have to pay off our balance within 60 days. The interest rate won’t change but we also can’t use the card any more.

For other borrowing, such as personal loans and car finance, the debt tends to be on a fixed rate. So it’s likely that this debt won’t change.

On the other hand, if we have savings we might see a boost to the interest we’re paid. It’s not guaranteed though, so we should keep an eye on our accounts and what else is out there. There’s more advice on savings accounts on the Quids in! website.

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