UK Personal Debt
People in the UK owed £1,640 billion at the end of May 2019.
This is up from £1,592 billion at the end of May 2018, an extra £922 per UK adult over the year.
The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £59,708.
Per adult this was £31,099, around 111.3% of average earnings. This is up from a revised £31,034 a month earlier.
Based on May 2019 trends, the UK’s total interest payments on personal debt over a 12-month period would have been £50,425 million, an average of £138 million per day.
The average annual interest per household would have been £1,836 and per person £956, 3.4% of average earnings.
According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s March 2019 forecast, household debt is forecast to reach £2.425 trillion in 2023-24.
This would make the average household debt £86,388 (assuming household numbers track ONS population projections.)
At the end of May 2019, outstanding consumer credit lending was £217.3 billion, increasing by £344 million on the revised total for the previous month.
Within the total, outstanding credit card debt came to £72.9 billion, an average of £2,653 per household and £1,382 per adult.
A credit card on the average interest would take 26 years and 9 months to repay, making only the legal minimum repayments each month.
The minimum repayment in the first month would be £67 but would reduce each month. If £67 were paid every month, the debt would be cleared in around 5 years and 3 months.
Total net lending to individuals and housing associations by UK banks and building societies rose by £3.44 billion in May 2019 or £111 million a day over revised figures for April.
Net mortgage lending rose by £3.097 billion in the month; net consumer credit lending rose by £0.344 billion.
In Q1 2019 lenders wrote off £1.260 billion (of which £432 million was credit card debt, amounting to a daily write-off of £4.8 million.)
Everyday in the UK
The population of the UK grew by an estimated 1,083 people a day between 2017 and 2018.
On average, a UK household spends £4.05 a day on water, electricity and gas.
350 people a day were declared insolvent or bankrupt in January to March 2019. This was equivalent to one person every 4 minutes and 7 seconds.
3,567 Consumer County Court Judgements (CCJs) were issued every day in England and Wales in Q1 2019, with an average value of £1,398.
Citizens Advice Bureaux in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dealt with 2,536 debt issues every day in the year to June 2019.
15 properties were repossessed every day in Q1 2019, or one every 1 hour and 34 minutes.
The number of mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance fell by 8 a day.
The number of people unemployed fell by 318 per day in the year to May 2019.
1,098 people a day reported they had become redundant in March to May 2019.
Net lending to individuals and housing associations in the UK grew by £111 million a day in May 2019.
Government debt increased by £103 million a day in the year to June 2019.
Borrowers paid £138 million a day in interest in May 2019.
It costs an average of £22.95 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 £27.90 per day.
68 mortgage possession claims and 48 mortgage possession orders were made every day in January to March 2019.
337 landlord possession claims and 263 landlord possession orders were made every day.