The Money Statistics August 2023

£65,619 Average total debt per UK household in June 2023

£2,363 Average credit card debt per household in June 2023

£4,047 Total unsecured debt per UK adult in June 2023

8.20% Change in outstanding credit card balances in year to June 2023

0.1 pence per litre Decrease in the price of unleaded petrol in July 2023

6.8% Inflation rate in the year to July 2023

1.5% Increase in average first-time buyer house price in the year to June 2023

16 years Time to save for a first-time buyer house deposit, saving at the average rate out of average UK income (at January to March 2023 rate of household saving)

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1,842.6 billion at the end of June 2023.

This is up by £42.1 billion from £1,841.1 billion at the end of June 2022, an extra £791 per UK adult over the year.

The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £65,619.

Per adult this was £34,644, around 103.5% of average earnings. This is up from the revised £34,615 a month earlier.

Based on June 2023 numbers, the UK’s total interest payments on personal debt over a 12-month period would have been £64,439 million, an average of £177 million per day.

The average annual interest per household would have been £2,295 and per person £1,212, 3.62% of average earnings.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2023 forecast, household debt of all types is forecast to rise from £2,333 billion in 2023 to £2,478 billion in 2025.

This would make the average total household debt £86,994 (assuming household numbers track ONS population projections.)

At the end of June 2023, outstanding consumer credit lending was £215.2 billion, increasing by £1.3 billion on the revised total for the previous month and £12.1 billion more than in June 2022

Within the total, outstanding credit card debt came to £66.4 billion, an increase of 8.2% (£5.0 billion) in the year to June 2023. Credit card debt averaged £2,363 per household and £1,248 per adult.

A credit card on the average interest rate would take 26 years and 3 months to repay, making only the legal minimum repayments (interest plus 1% of the outstanding balance) each month.

The minimum repayment in the first month would be £65 but would reduce each month. If £65 were paid every month, the debt would be cleared in 5 years.

Total net lending to individuals and housing associations by UK banks and building societies increased by £791 million in June 2023 or £51.2 million a day over revised figures for May 2023.

Net mortgage lending increased by £256 million in the month, while net consumer credit lending increased by £350 million.

In Q1 2023 lenders wrote off £734 million (of which £271 million was credit card debt, amounting to a daily write-off of £3.0 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 £4.13 a day on water, electricity and gas.

286 people a day were declared insolvent or bankrupt in England and Wales in May to July 2023. This was equivalent to one person every 5 minutes and 18 seconds. 

In Northern Ireland in July 2023, there were 3.5 insolvencies per day. In Scotland in the three months to March 2023 there were 21.2 insolvencies per day.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales dealt with 2,347 debt issues every day in the year to July 2023.

6.7 properties were repossessed every day in April to June 2023 in the UK, or one every 3 hours and 35 minutes.

The number of UK mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance increased by 20.5 a day in the year to June 2023.

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by 5.2 per day in the twelve months to June 2023.

1,187 people a day reported they had become redundant in April to June 2023.

Net lending to individuals and housing associations in the UK grew by £51.2 million a day in June 2023.

Government debt increased by £415 million a day in the three months to July 2023.

Borrowers paid £177 million a day in interest in June 2023.

It costs an average of £24.44 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 £29.50 per day.

43.8 mortgage possession claims and 8.6 mortgage possession orders were made every day in England and Wales in April to June 2023.

247.7 landlord possession claims and 62.2 landlord possession orders were made every day.