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Adding a signatory with poor credit

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Credit File & Ratings
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sophiesophssophiesophs Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Credit File & Ratings
Hi all,

I have recently been asked to become the third signatory on the bank accounts of the company I work for.

I have a debt management plan and a very poor credit rating (think 300), I was advised that I wouldn't need a credit check, but when filling out the paperwork, it asked me to consent to a credit check?

I am pretty terrified now that I am not going to be passed for this reason. I have no defaults etc just what I mentioned and the company is a Limited company. I am not a director either.

Can anyone advise? Would be much appreciated as I am sick with anxiety over this!

The bank we use is ICICI if anyone has experience with that or any other UK bank please!

Thanks in advance!

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  • zx81zx81 Forumite
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    Shouldn't be an issue.

    But if you're in a DMP, you'll have defaults, unless they've dropped off.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User]
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    You don't have a credit score or rating, so no one will see it anyway.

    You either need to consent to it and proceed, or decline and not proceed.
  • !!! wrote: »
    You don't have a credit score or rating, so no one will see it anyway.

    You either need to consent to it and proceed, or decline and not proceed.

    Thanks for your reply! Just wondering what you meant about not having a credit score?
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    Willing2LearnWilling2Learn Forumite
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    edited 16 May 2019 at 1:56PM
    Just wondering what you meant about not having a credit score?
    Lenders neither see nor use your credit score as it is for your eyes only. Lenders independently score you against their criteria and policies using the data held in your credit file, added to the data you submit in a credit application, added to the data the lender may already hold on you as an existing or returning customer. :)

    Your score can therefore be ignored.

    Edit: Oh yeah. Forgot to say welcome to the forum sophiesophs :)
    I work within the voluntary sector, supporting vulnerable people to rebuild their lives.

    I love my job

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  • SystemSystem
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    Thanks for your reply! Just wondering what you meant about not having a credit score?

    The score you see is one generated by the credit reference agency, mostly as a marketing tool to try to get you to sign up for financial products through them. Lenders cannot see your score from Experian/Equifax etc and generate their own internal score based on their own internal unknown algorithms using the contents of your credit history therefore the score you see is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Therefore you need to focus on the positives and negatives listed, not the number.

    There are plenty of people on this and other boards with perfect 999 scores unable to get a mobile phone contract, some who have recently gone bankrupt who still have 999 scores.
  • Ben8282Ben8282 PPR
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    Who is going to carry out this credit check, the bank or your Employer?
    Becoming an authorised signatory should not require a credit check as nobody is going to lend you money and I would think that the only thing that would really prevent this is a fraud marker. The bank probably needs to carry out ID checks though.
    However, please do not take offence but people with debts are more likely to be tempted to steal from or defraud their employers to pay their debts and the DMP could be of concern to your employer when it comes to trusting you in this capacity.
  • Does anyone have any personal experience with this?
  • Ben8282 wrote: »
    Who is going to carry out this credit check, the bank or your Employer?
    Becoming an authorised signatory should not require a credit check as nobody is going to lend you money and I would think that the only thing that would really prevent this is a fraud marker. The bank probably needs to carry out ID checks though.
    However, please do not take offence but people with debts are more likely to be tempted to steal from or defraud their employers to pay their debts and the DMP could be of concern to your employer when it comes to trusting you in this capacity.

    Hi, it would be the bank carrying out the credit check?

    I am not sure why, perhaps they need to do this if the company has a credit card associated with their account?
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    edited 17 May 2019 at 4:39PM
    I was advised that I wouldn't need a credit check, but when filling out the paperwork, it asked me to consent to a credit check?
    Does anyone have any personal experience with this?

    Yes, and I think you might be confused. I am sure that if you check with them you will find that you will be subject to and ID check - not a credit check. Credit checks are not done on individuals being appointed as signatories on company accounts.

    I have just changes one of our business accounts from Barclays to Handlesbanken. All directors and signatories had ID checks but not credit checks.
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