ClearScore credit score and report 2020

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ClearScore gives you free access to your Equifax credit score and credit report, forever.

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What is ClearScore?

ClearScore is a credit reference agency that offers credit reports and credit scores based on Equifax data. Unlike the major credit agencies, ClearScore offers these services on a free, lifelong basis.

The tradeoff for free credit report access is that ClearScore will recommend other financial products to you based on your credit profile, from which it receives a commission.

Is ClearScore safe?

Yes, ClearScore is a recognised credit reference agency registered in the UK. It is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

ClearScore also uses 256-bit encryption to protect its customers’ personal information and holds all data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Is ClearScore any good?

ClearScore’s biggest selling point is the fact that it offers its credit report services for free. Whereas the other major credit reference agencies generally only let you access your credit report for free on a limited-time basis, ClearScore offers ongoing access to your credit score and credit report.

How does ClearScore make money?

Unlike other credit rating agencies, ClearScore doesn’t make money from charging for its credit report services. It instead receives commissions on financial products (such as loans and credit cards) that are offered by other lenders and suggested to you through ClearScore based on your credit score and history.

However, ClearScore will only recommend financial products and services that you’re likely to be eligible for given your current credit profile.

What is a good credit score for ClearScore?

ClearScore uses Equifax data to calculate your credit score, which is then rated using the following scale:

Credit score Rating
0-279 Very poor
280-379 Poor
380-419 Fair
420-465 Good
465-700 Excellent

Screenshot of ClearScore's credit score dashboard

How do I cancel ClearScore?

You can cancel or delete your ClearScore at any time via the ClearScore website. However, the ClearScore credit report services are offered for free, so you won’t be charged for leaving your account open even if you never use it.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Free for life
  • Uses Equifax data
  • Free for life

Cons

  • Will advertise other products

Our verdict

It’s hard to argue with free access for life. Where other credit agencies charge £10-15 per month for access to your credit report, ClearScore offers your credit report and credit score for free from Equifax, one of the three major credit reference agencies.

In return, you’ll have to put up with receiving ongoing financial product recommendations. But even this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re also in the market for a loan or credit card, or even want to get a better idea of the type of financial products you’re likely to be eligible for.

How do I improve my credit score?

As obvious as it might sound, the main way to improve your credit score is by using credit responsibly. In other words, borrowing money from legitimate sources and then repaying it in full and on time. However, there are a few other useful ways you can help your credit file, like registering on the electoral roll and regularly checking your credit report for any errors.

Learn 10 ways to boost your credit score with our in-depth guide.

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