The Money Statistics July 2017

1.7% The record low savings ratio in Q1 2017. We are saving less than ever.

46p The pittance someone on an average annual income would get if they put an average amount in an instant access savings account and left if for a year!

62 years The amount of time it would take for that person to save for today's average deposit.

2.9% The rate of inflation in May, the highest in nearly four years

£10.4 billion Public sector net borrowing in April

7.997 million People had been auto-enrolled into a pension by the end of May

9.45 million The number of people in the UK who have no savings

£199.7 billion The level of unsecured debt in the UK

863,000 (15%) of 18 to 24-year-olds in England were not in education, employment or training (NEET) from February to April

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1.537 trillion at the end of May 2017. This is up from £1.489 trillion at the end of May 2016 – an extra £929.97 per UK adult.


The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £56,731 in May. The revised figure for April was £56,545.

Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of £29,698 in May – around 113.5% of average earnings. This is slightly up from a revised £29,601 a month earlier.

Based on May 2017 trends, the UK’s total interest repayments on personal debt over a 12 month period would have been £50.002 billion.

  • That’s an average of £137 million per day.
  • This means that households in the UK would have paid an average of £1,845 in annual interest repayments. Per person that’s £966 3.69% of average earnings.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2017 forecast, household debt is predicted to reach £2.322 trillion in Q1 2022. This makes the average household debt £86,001 (assuming that the number of households in the UK remained the same between now and then).

Outstanding consumer credit lending was £199.7 billion at the end of May 2017.

  • This is up from £184.9 billion at the end of May 2016, and is an increase of £285.39 for every adult in the UK.

Per household, that’s an average consumer credit debt of £7,370 in May, up from a revised £7,320 in April – and  £545.17 extra per household over the year.

It also means the average consumer credit borrowing stood at £3,858 per UK adult. This is up from a revised £3,832 in April.

Total credit card debt in March 2017 was £68.23bnPer household this is £2,518 – for a credit card bearing the average interest, it would take 25 years and 11 months to repay if you made only the minimum repayment each month.

The minimum repayment in the first month would be £60 but reduces each month. If you paid £60 every month, the debt would be cleared in around 5 years and 4 months.

Total net lending to individuals by UK banks and building societies rose by £5.2 billion in May 2017 – or £173m a day.

  • Net mortgage lending rose by £3.5 billion in the month; net consumer credit lending rose by £1.7 billion.
  • In Q1 2017  they wrote off  £530 million (of which £394 million was credit card debt) amounting to a daily write-off of £7 million.

Debt was the second largest advice category (behind benefits and tax credits) with 104,201 issues. This is 18% down on the same month last year. Debt issues represented 27% of all problems dealt with over the period.

Citizens AdviceBureaux across England and Wales dealt with 392,237 issues in April 2017.

Everyday in the UK

The population of the UK grew by an estimated 1,286 people a day between 2014 and 2015.

On average, a UK household spends £3.61 a day on water, electricity and gas.

248 people a day are declared insolvent or bankrupt. This is equivalent to one person every 6 minutes 13 seconds.

45.6 million plastic card purchase transactions were made every day in April 2017, with a total value of £1.927 billion.

3,321 Consumer County Court Judgments (CCJs) are issued every day, with an average value of £1,495.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales dealt with 3,473 new debt problems every day during April 2017.

14 properties are repossessed every day, or one every one hour and 43 minutes.

The number of mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance fell by 21 a day.

The number of people unemployed for over 12 months fell by 397 per day between February and April.

1,000 people a day reported they had become redundant between February to April.

Net lending to individuals in the UK increased by £173 million a day.

The Government debt grew by £347m a day during April 2017 (£4,012 per second).

Borrowers would repay £137 million a day in interest over a year, based on April 2017 trends.

It costs an average of £30.23 per day to raise a child from birth to the age of 21.

63 mortgage possession claims and 34 mortgage possession orders are made every day.

391 landlord possession claims and 289 landlord possession orders are made every day.