Payday loans

What is a payday loan?

It’s a lump sum of money designed to tide you over until payday, essentially it’s meant to be a short-term quick fix.

  • Regularly there are adverts on the TV and radio suggesting that if you are behind on your bills, you can take out a payday loan to cover costs in the short-term until your next pay package
  • The money is paid straight into your bank account
  • You repay in full at the end of the money, with interest and charges

What you need to know about payday loans…

  • These loans typically come with incredibly high payback/interest rates (APR- annual percentage rates)
  • Normally, if you don’t pay it back within the time period, a late fee is charged
  • Always read the terms and conditions thoroughly to know what you are getting yourself into


  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) introduced capping for lenders, limiting default fees and the interest that they can charge you
  • An overall cap means that you will never pay back more than twice what you first borrowed
  • For example, if you borrow £100 for 30 days, the most you will pay back in fees and charges is £24

Don’t be swayed by advertisements, and don’t always assume this is your only option – look around, and make sure you do the calculations before you dive into something. 

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Information sourced from the Money Advice Service website