The Money Statistics February 2024

£57,586 Average total debt per UK household in December 2023

£4,123 Total unsecured debt per UK adult in December 2023

9.2% Change in outstanding credit card balances in year to December 2023

£1,295 Average credit card debt per household in December 2023

4.0% Inflation rate in the year to January 2024

2 pence per litre Decrease in the price of Unleaded petrol in December 2023

1.6% Decrease in average first-time buyer house price in the year to December 2023

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

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1,836.4 billion at the end of December 2023.

This is up by £10.9 billion from £1,825.4 billion at the end of December 2022, an extra £205.37 per UK adult over the year.

The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £65,395.

Per adult this was £34,526, around 99.9% of average earnings. This is down from the revised £34,588 a month earlier.

Based on December 2023 numbers, the UK’s total interest payments on personal debt over a 12-month period would have been £72,178 billion, an average of £198 million per day.

The average annual interest per household would have been £2,570 and per person £1,357, 3.93% of average earnings.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s November 2023 forecast, household debt of all types is forecast to rise from £2,259 billion in 2023 to £2,429 billion in 2025.

This would make the average total household debt £85,274 (assuming household numbers track ONS population projections.)

At the end of December 2023, outstanding consumer credit lending was £219.3 billion, decreasing by £2 billion on the revised total for the previous month.

Within the total, outstanding credit card debt came to £68.9 billion, an increase of 9.2% in the year to December 2023. Credit card debt averaged £2,453 per household and £1,295 per adult.

A credit card on the average interest would take 26 years and 8 months to repay, making only the legal minimum repayments each month.

The minimum repayment in the first month would be £69 but would reduce each month. If £69 were paid every month, the debt would be cleared in 4 years and 11 months.

Total net lending to individuals and housing associations by UK banks and building societies decreased by £3.3 billion in December 2023 or £107 million a day over revised figures for November 2023.

Net mortgage lending decreased by £1.3 billion in the month, while net consumer credit lending increased by £117 million.

In Q3 2023 lenders wrote off £737 million (of which £264 million was credit card debt, amounting to a daily write-off of £2.9 million.)

Everyday in the UK

The population of the UK shrunk by an estimated 151 people a day between mid-year 2021 and mid-year 2022.

On average, a UK household spends £3.48 a day on water, electricity and gas.

249 people a day were declared insolvent or bankrupt in England or Wales in October to December 2023. This was equivalent to one person every 5 minutes and 8 seconds.

In Northern Ireland in Q4 2023, there were 3.6 insolvencies per day. In Scotland in the three months to June 2023 there were 21.8 insolvencies per day.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales dealt with 1,183 debt issues every day in the year to January 2024.

5.7 properties were repossessed every day in October to December 2023 in the UK, or one every 4 hours and 8 minutes.

The number of UK mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance increased by 53.0 a day in the year to December 2023.

The number of people unemployed in the UK decreased by 54 per day in the twelve months to December 2023.

1,260 people a day reported they had become redundant in May to July 2023.

Net lending to individuals and housing associations in the UK decreased by £107 million a day in December 2023.

Government debt increased by £593.4 million a day in the three months to December 2023.

Borrowers paid £198 million a day in interest in December 2023.

It costs an average of £25.28 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 £33.54 per day.

47.7 mortgage possession claims and 29.4 mortgage possession orders were made every day in England and Wales in October to December 2023.

254.2 landlord possession claims and 195.7 landlord possession orders were made every day.