But more defaults expected

The number of people defaulting on loans has risen and are expected to increase in the coming months, a Bank of England survey has uncovered. A poll of banks and building societies found more people unable to repay mortgages and other debts because of rising unemployment. However, financial institutions expect the availability of credit to rise in the next three months, and households are likely to be offered and demand more secured credit. A rapid return to the pre-credit crunch lending levels remains extremely unlikely.