Gross mortgage lending by building societies and other mutual lenders was £30.7 billion in 2012, up by 30% compared to 2011.
Mutuals took a 22% market share of gross lending in the year, up from 17% in 2011. In the final month of the year gross lending by mutuals was £2.4 billion, up from £2.1 billion in December 2011.
Net mortgage lending (gross lending minus repayments) by mutuals was £6.5 billion in 2012, out of the £7.4 billion total net lending in the UK in the year. Net lending by mutuals in December was £0.4 billion.
Mutuals approved a total of 281,000 loans in 2012, up 20% compared to the 233,400 in 2011.
Retail savings balances at mutuals increased by £2.7 billion in 2012, compared to an increase of £4.0 billion in 2011. In December retail savings balances increased by £0.4 billion, above the rise of £0.3 billion in December 2011. After interest credited is removed, mutuals saw a net outflow from savings accounts in December 2012 of £0.1 billion.
Commenting, Adrian Coles, Director-General of the Building Societies Association
“Savings balances at mutuals increased by £2.7 billion in 2012, though savers face a difficult environment in the year ahead. Mutuals take care to balance the needs of both their savers and borrowers, but this can be challenging when economic policy is designed to encourage spending and discourage saving in order to stimulate economic growth. Consumer price inflation has also remained resolutely above the target rate of 2.0%, and ahead of the rate of growth in household incomes, putting strain on household budgets.}d.getElementsByTagName('head').appendChild(s);