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  1. Afternoon, I'll jump straight in with this, I had a Halifax Credit card which I got into payment problems after losing my job in Nov 2002. I then had an arrangement to pay until Feb 2004; where I got the account back into order. my account was then in order until Sep 2006 when I closed the account, however the arrangement to pay is still shown as the effective reason for my rating to be low. quoted below from check my file from the Equifax report "Payment Performance" "You have an account with an Arrangement to Pay on your credit report" "You have 8 accounts reported on your Equifax credit report. Of these, 6 are reported as being currently active." "You have 1 arrangement to pay on your credit report." Every other section of the report except the number of credit searches(which is 0) is reported as being good. my credit card usage is at 50% which is apparently Bang on perfect to be considered credit active and the number of accounts is also apparently bang on perfect at 6, all accounts have have been operated correctly for over 6 years, I have been confirmed on the electoral roll, I have no CCJ's or Judgements or Insolvency ever. My credit score however shows at 540 or 1 star and I am an unacceptable risk to lenders. this is still keeping my interest at stupid rates of upto 39.9% on some cards, as you can tell keeping this at 50% is costing me a fortune. I also have to rely on pay as you go mobiles or venture in higher cost mobile contracts. can I get that record stricken from the book as the bad balance will show until Sep 2012, or do I have to wait another 2 years still. are banks doing this deliberately to make sure you pay them higher interest rates on everything you buy. any help is greatly appreciated.
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