The Money Statistics June 2017

£540 million The amount UK banks and building societies wrote off from January to March

0.2% The fall in house prices in May 2017, according to Halifax

£185,266 The average price of a house for a first time buyer in the year to April

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

547,711 The number of issues dealt with by Citizens Advice Bureaux in March

28% Of the issues CABs handle are related to debt

875,000 (15%) of 18 to 24-year-olds in England were not in education, employment or training (NEET) from January to March

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1.532 trillion at the end of April 2017. This is up from £1.485 trillion at the end of April 2016 – an extra £886.84 per UK adult.

The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £56,750 in April. The revised figure for March was £56,619.

Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of £30,340 in April– around 113.6% of average earnings. This is slightly up from a revised £30,179 a month earlier.

Based on April 2017 trends, the UK’s total interest repayments on personal debt over a 12 month period would have been £50.229 billion.

  • That’s an average of £138 million per day.
  • This means that households in the UK would have paid an average of £1,860 in annual interest repayments. Per person that’s £995 3.73% 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 £198.4 billion at the end of April 2017.

  • This is up from £183.7 billion at the end of April 2016, and is an increase of £290.98 for every adult in the UK.

Per household, that’s an average consumer credit debt of £7,349 in April, up from a revised £7,309 in March– and  £543.70 extra per household over the year.

It also means the average consumer credit borrowing stood at £3,929 per UK adult. This is up from a revised £3,908 in March.

Total credit card debt in March 2017 was £68.08 bn. Per household this is £2,521 – 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 £4.3 billion in April 2017 – or £143m a day.

  • Net mortgage lending rose by £2.7 billion in the month; net consumer credit lending rose by £1.6 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.

Citizens Advice Bureaux across England and Wales dealt with 547,711 issues in March 2017.

Debt was the second largest advice category (behind benefits and tax credits) with 150,995 issues. This is 12% up on the same month last year. Debt issues represented 28% of all problems dealt with over the period.

Based on figures for March 2017, Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales are dealing with 5,033 debt problems every day.

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 5,033 new debt problems every day during March 2017.

1properties 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 648 per day between January to March.

1,056 people a day reported they had become redundant between January to March.

Net lending to individuals in the UK increased by £143 million a day.

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

Borrowers would repay £137 a day in interest over a year, based on March 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.