UK Personal Debt
People in the UK owed £1,721.3 billion at the end of May 2021.
This is up by £46.7 billion from £1,674.6 billion at the end of May 2020, an extra £882 per UK adult over the year.
The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £61,933.
Per adult this was £32,544, around 108.7% of average earnings. This is up from a revised £32,416 a month earlier.
Based on May 2021 numbers, the UK’s total interest payments on personal debt over a 12-month period would have been £44,180 million, an average of £121 million per day.
The average annual interest per household would have been £1,590 and per person £835, 2.79% 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 May 2021, outstanding consumer credit lending was £195.2 billion, falling by £150 million on the revised total for the previous month.
Within the total, outstanding credit card debt came to £53.9 billion, a decrease of 13.5% in the year to May 2021. Credit card debt averaged £1,938 per household and £1,018 per adult.
A credit card on the average interest would take 24 years and 4 months to repay, making only the legal minimum repayments each month.
The minimum repayment in the first month would be £51 but would reduce each month. If £51 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 £6.7 billion in May 2021 or £217.6 million a day over revised figures for April 2021.
Net mortgage lending rose by £6.89 billion in the month, while net consumer credit lending fell by £0.15 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.
307 people a day were declared insolvent or bankrupt in England or Wales in April to June 2021. This was equivalent to one person every 4 minutes and forty-two seconds.
In Northern Ireland in June 2021, there were 5.4 insolvencies per day. In Scotland in May 2021 there were 17.6 insolvencies per day.
Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales dealt with 1,786 debt issues every day in the year to June 2021.
2.1 properties were repossessed every day in January to March 2021 in the UK, or one every 11 hours and 22 minutes.
The number of UK mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance rose by 15 a day in the year to March 2021.
The number of people unemployed in the UK grew by 608 per day in the twelve months to May 2021.
1,130 people a day reported they had become redundant in March to May 2021.
Net lending to individuals and housing associations in the UK grew by £217.6 million a day in May 2021.
Government debt increased by £630 million a day in the year to June 2021.
Borrowers paid £121 million a day in interest in May 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.
8.2 mortgage possession claims and 1.6 mortgage possession orders were made every day in England and Wales in January to March 2021.
71 landlord possession claims and 60.3 landlord possession orders were made every day.