Looking at the base rate being held unchanged this week Legal and General are forecasting a difficult Summer for borrowers as lenders take a cautious approach.
It is the view of Legal and General, as well as many other observers, that financial institutions went overboard with lending when money was cheap and easy to get hold of. Now they are going overboard the other way by being ultra cautious when lending to anyone.
Consumers will hope that something shifts in the market to free up money to cover general living expenses in some instances, where people have borrowed to maintain a standard of living and can no longer gain access to credit. Legal and General are not expecting that to happen as the cautious approach is maintained.