The Statistics of UK Credit Rejection

Being rejected for a credit card or personal loan can have a detrimental effect on your credit rating, but if you have been rejected over the past 12 months, you’re not alone.

According to a survey of 2007 British adults (commissioned by and carried out by Opinium Research) a quarter of them were turned down for a credit card or loan.

Taking the total number of adults in Britain to be 49 million, the research claims that 36 per cent (17.6 million) have applied for credit, and therefore nearly 4.5 million (25 per cent) of those have been rejected for credit.

People living in the West Midlands, it seems, are most likely to be accepted for credit, as the figures reflect an 85 per cent success-rate for credit applications in the region.

UK Credit Rejection

UK Credit Rejection

Those living in London only had a 62 per cent chance of being accepted for credit though, according to the survey.

This infographic conveys the scale of credit-rejection across the country, broken down by age, gender and region.

The data shows that men are more likely to be rejected for credit cards or personal loans than women, as 30 per cent of the males who participated in the study said they had been rejected, compared to 24 per cent of women.

More than a third of 18-34-year-olds surveyed admitted they had been rejected for a credit card or personal loan, whereas just 12 per cent of the over-55’s said they had been rejected.

Making several applications for credit within a short space of time can be detrimental to your credit score. Each time you make an application; the lender makes a check of your credit profile and leaves a ‘footprint’ of the check, which is then visible to other lenders when they make subsequent checks.

It is believed that people with more credit applications tend to carry a higher credit risk, creating a catch-22 situation.

On the other hand, having no discernable credit history can also go against you in the credit application process. When lenders assess your application, they are trying to judge your ability to pay back the amount you are borrowing. If you have no credit history, then the lender has one less point of reference to aid them in making that decision.

For a small fee you can check your credit score online with Equifax or Experian to make sure your credit report is up to date and is accurate. If you notice any discrepancies you can contact the lenders in question to have the mistakes rectified.