Unemployed Loans

Loans for those unemployed or receiving benefits.

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45.4% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 02m 48s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £3,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 45.4% APR and an annual interest rate of 23.00% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £140.84. The total charge for credit will be £2,070.24 and the total amount payable will be £5,070.24.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • You don't need to have a good credit history
  • Existing customers can borrow up to £5,000
  • Quick application, money usually transferred within 24 hours
  • Competitive APR
  • Your guarantor can be a homeowner or a tenant

Watch out for

  • You must have a guarantor
  • Your guarantor must be older than 18 years old and no older than 75 years when the loan completes
  • Your guarantor will need to make the repayments if you cant afford to
  • Your guarantor must have have a good credit history

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 45.4%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £15
49.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
Fast 01m 33s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Great
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,000 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 49.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 49.90% (variable), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £195.16. The total charge for credit will be £3,025.76 and the total amount payable will be £7,025.76.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £7,500
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • No fees of any kind
  • You don't need to have a good credit history
  • You don't need to have direct debit facilities
  • Your guarantor does not need to own their home
  • You don't have to have been a resident of the UK for a specified length of time

Watch out for

  • You will need a guarantor
  • If you have a poor credit history, it's likely your guarantor will need to be a homeowner
  • Your guarantor will need to make your repayments if you can't afford to

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 49.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
38.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 01m 45s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,500 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 38.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 33.30% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £199.26. The total charge for credit will be £2,673.36 and the total amount payable will be £7,173.36.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £10,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • They accept tenants as guarantors
  • Your guarantor can be anyone, including your spouse
  • Online quote doesn’t leave a credit footprint
  • Online management tool
  • Funds available fairly quickly after approval

Watch out for

  • No bankruptcy, debt management plan or IVA
  • Your guarantor must have good credit history
  • Your guarantor must be aged between 21 and 70
  • Your guarantor must be either employed, self-employed or retired
  • For loans over £6,000 your guarantor must be a homeowner

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 59.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £40
  • Late payment penalties: £0
47.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 20s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £2,500 over 36 months at a Representative rate of 47.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 47.90% (fixed), you would pay 36 monthly instalments of £120.04. The total charge for credit will be £821.44 and the total amount payable will be £3,321.44.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £500 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 6 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Your guarantor does not need to be a homeowner
  • You can make overpayments with no fees or charges
  • Monthly repayments are fixed to help with budgeting

Watch out for

  • You will need to have a UK current account
  • Your guarantor will need to be a UK citizen
  • Your guarantor must be over 18 years old
  • Your guarantor needs to be a homeowner or tenant

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 79%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
99% APR Representative
Time to apply
Slow 05m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £1,200 over 52 weeks at a representative rate of 99% APR and an annual interest rate of 69% (variable), you would pay 1 weekly instalment of £43.46 and 51 monthly instalments of £32.09. The total charge for credit will be £480.05 and the total amount payable will be £1,680.05.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £5,000
  • Loan term: 12 - 36 months

Top choice for

  • Flexible payment plan
  • Their team can speak over 27 languages
  • Mobile app allows easy management of the loan
  • Refer a friend and receive £10
  • No fees or charges for settling the loan early

Watch out for

  • You must be aged over 18
  • You will need to have been in the UK for at least 6 months
  • You must earn at least £700 per month
  • You must not be in debt management
  • You can’t be bankrupt or have an IVA

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 99%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0
48.9% APR Representative
Time to apply
OK 03m 00s
Application Time
OPTIOSCORE
Good
Representative Example: If you borrow £4,500.00 over 48 months at a Representative rate of 48.9% APR and an annual interest rate of 25.84% (fixed), you would pay 48 monthly instalments of £190.65. The total charge for credit will be £4,651.20 and the total amount payable will be £9,151.20.
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Key Facts
  • Loan amount: £1,000 - £15,000
  • Loan term: 24 - 60 months

Top choice for

  • Guarantor loans available up to £15,000
  • You don’t need to have perfect credit to apply
  • Funds available quickly after approval
  • No arrangement fees

Watch out for

  • You will need to be a homeowner to apply for larger loan amounts
  • You will need to have a regular monthly income
  • Your guarantor needs to be between 18 and 78 years old
  • Your guarantor needs to be a UK homeowner
  • Your guarantor must have a regular income

Fees & charges

  • Maximum APR 48.9%
  • Arrangement fee: £0
  • Early repayment fee: £0
  • Late payment penalties: £0

Getting a loan when you’re unemployed or rely solely on benefits is challenging but not impossible. There's a range of lenders who will lend to you, but as you're considered a medium to high risk, you can expect higher rates with APRs starting at 39.9%. 


Types of benefit loan

There are a number of different lender types who will consider customers that are unemployed or on benefits. I've provided an overview of each of these loan types below. We've decided not to feature logbook loans or doorstep loans in the comparison table below due to their extremely high cost. However, you can find out more about these types of high-cost loan be clicking the relevant links.

Guarantor loans

Most guarantor lenders offer loans to those on benefits. If you’ve got someone who’s willing and able to back your loan application, then a guarantor loan could be a great option. We’ve included them in the comparison table below and have a page dedicated specifically to guarantor loans here.

Logbook loans

If you have your own car which is under 10 years old, then a logbook loan is an option. Logbook lenders are lenders of last resort so be careful when looking at this option - find out what that means here. We haven't included them in the comparison table below but you can find out more information about logbook loans here.

Doorstep Lenders

Several doorstep lenders will be able to offer you a cash loan of up to £500 regardless of where your income comes from, delivered and collected on your doorstep. Doorstep lenders are lenders of last resort so be careful when looking at this option. We haven't featured Doorstep Lenders on this comparison table but you can find out more information about them here.

What not to do 

Nearly all lenders who accept customers who are unemployed or rely solely on benefits won’t rely on your promise to pay back what you've borrowed, and will instead ask for an additional form of security such as a guarantor or a car (see logbook loans). Applying for a loan on benefits comes with a severe health warning - it is absolutely vital that before committing to a loan you are positive you can safely meet the repayments. Any doubt, DO NOT apply as you will be putting those closest to you at risk.  

Final Word

If you’re unemployed and your only form of income is from benefits, it's going to be tricky to get a loan and you may need to reassess your options before applying. There are lenders out there who will lend to you but they come with a warning. 

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