The Money Statistics August 2021

£62,706 Average total debt per UK household in June 2021

£3,732 Total unsecured debt per UK adult in June 2021

406,000 Number of 18-24 year-olds unemployed in the three months to June 2021

£2,022 Average credit card debt per household in June 2021

-8.6% Change in outstanding credit card balances in year to June 2021

1.2% Increase in private rental prices in the year to July 2021

12.7% Increase in average first-time buyer house price in the year to June 2021

9 years Time to save for a first-time buyer house deposit, saving at the average rate out of average UK income (at Jan to March 2021 rate of household saving)

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1,742.7 billion at the end of June 2021.

This is up by £67.3 billion from £1,675.4 billion at the end of June 2020, an extra £1,273 per UK adult over the year.

The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £62,705.

Per adult this was £32,950, around 109.7% of average earnings. This is up from a revised £32,613 a month earlier.

Based on June 2021 numbers, the UK’s total interest payments on personal debt over a 12-month period would have been £45,031 million, an average of £123 million per day.

The average annual interest per household would have been £1,620 and per person £8512.83% of average earnings.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2021 forecast, household debt of all types is forecast to rise from £2,006 billion in 2020 to £2,354 billion in 2025.

This would make the average household debt £82,641 (assuming household numbers track ONS population projections).

At the end of June 2021, outstanding consumer credit lending was £197.4 billion, falling by £53 million on the revised total for the previous month.

Within the total, outstanding credit card debt came to £56.2 billion, a decrease of 8.6% in the year to June 2021. Credit card debt averaged £2,022 per household and £1,063 per adult.

A credit card on the average interest would take 24 years and 9 months to repay, making only the legal minimum repayments each month.

The minimum repayment in the first month would be £53 but would reduce each month. If £53 were paid every month, the debt would be cleared in around 5 years and 1 month.

Total net lending to individuals and housing associations by UK banks and building societies rose by £17.8 billion in June 2021 or £593.6 million a day over revised figures for May 2021.

Net mortgage lending rose by £17.86 billion in the month, while net consumer credit lending fell by £0.53 billion.

In Q1 2021 lenders wrote off £1,042 million (of which £355 million was credit card debt, amounting to a daily write-off of £3.9 million.)

Everyday in the UK

The population of the UK grew by an estimated 777 people a day between 2019 and 2020.

On average, a UK household spends £4.33 a day on water, electricity and gas.

298 people a day were declared insolvent or bankrupt in England or Wales in May to July 2021. This was equivalent to one person every 4 minutes and fifty seconds.

In Northern Ireland in July 2021, there were 4.6 insolvencies per day. In Scotland in the three months to June 2021 there were 20.7 insolvencies per day.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales dealt with 1,828 debt issues every day in the year to July 2021.

2.3 properties were repossessed every day in April to June 2021 in the UK, or one every 10 hours and 24 minutes.

The number of UK mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance rose by 4 a day in the year to June 2021.

The number of people unemployed in the UK grew by 529 per day in the twelve months to June 2021.

1,088 people a day reported they had become redundant in April to June 2021.

Net lending to individuals and housing associations in the UK grew by £593.6 million a day in June 2021.

Government debt increased by £573 million a day in the year to July 2021.

Borrowers paid £123 million a day in interest in June 2021.

It costs an average of £23.25 per day for a couple to raise a child from birth to the age of 18.

For a lone parent family, the cost of raising a child comes to £28.22 per day.

27.5 mortgage possession claims and 3.0 mortgage possession orders were made every day in England and Wales in April to June 2021.

77 landlord possession claims and 49.5 landlord possession orders were made every day.