The Consumer Credit Act

by Rachel Burton ; Updated September 26, 2017

The Consumer Credit Act, established in 1974 in the United Kingdom, requires businesses that lend money or offer goods or services on credit to be licensed by the Office of Fair Trading.

Purchase Protection

The Consumer Credit Act protects the consumer when faulty goods — such as those damaged during shipment or that simply don't work properly — are purchased on credit. The credit card company shares responsibility for reimbursing the consumer's credit card for the full amount.

Credit File

Under the act, if a consumer is turned down for a credit arrangement, he is entitled to a copy of his credit file. The individual has 28 days to submit a written request from the date of the application to the business from which he attempted to obtain credit. The establishment has seven days to respond, stating which consumer reporting company was used. The consumer can then contact the reporting agency to obtain the credit file.

Cooling-off Period

The act provides a "cooling-off" period for some purchases, including life insurance, investments and loans. The provision gives consumers a certain time to cancel a purchase or agreement in certain circumstances.

About the Author

Rachel Burton started writing professionally in 2008. Her work can be found in "Out N' About" newspaper. Burton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and sociology.