The Money Statistics October 2019

2.0% Increase in average real pay in the year to August 2019

14.3% Increase in debt enquiries handled by Citizens Advice in September 2019 in England and Wales, compared with September 2018.

1.7% Increase in Consumer Prices Index in the year to September 2019

0.3% Change in UK Gross Domestic Product in the three months to August 2019

£59,441 Average total debt per UK household in August 2019

£2,608 Average credit card debt per household in August 2019

20.01% Average credit card interest rate in September 2019

26 years and 7 months Time to pay off average credit card debt making only the minimum payment per month

0.86% Average interest rate on a cash ISA in August 2019

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1,650 billion at the end of August 2019.

This is up from £1,604 billion at the end of August 2018, an extra £876 per UK adult over the year.

The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £59,441.

Per adult this was £31,284, around 110.7% of average earnings. This is up from a revised £31,218 a month earlier.

Based on August 2019 trends, the UK’s total interest payments on personal debt over a 12-month period would have been £50,722 million, an average of £139 million per day.

The average annual interest per household would have been £1,827 and per person £9623.4% 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 August 2019, outstanding consumer credit lending was £218.6 billion, increasing by £456 million on the revised total for the previous month.

Within the total, outstanding credit card debt came to £72.4 billion, an average of £2,608 per household and £1,373 per adult.

A credit card on the average interest would take 26 years and 7 months to repay, making only the legal minimum repayments each month.

The minimum repayment in the first month would be £66 but would reduce each month. If £66 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 £3.49 billion in August 2019 or £113 million a day over revised figures for July.

Net mortgage lending rose by £3.038 billion in the month, while net consumer credit lending increased by £0.456 billion.

In Q2 2019 lenders wrote off £1.166 billion (of which £414 million was credit card debt, amounting to a daily write-off of £4.5 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 £4.18 a day on water, electricity and gas.

340 people a day were declared insolvent or bankrupt in April to June 2019. This was equivalent to one person every 4 minutes and 14 seconds.

In Northern Ireland, there were 8 insolvencies per day and in Scotland 39 insolvencies per day.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales dealt with 2,595 debt issues every day in the year to September 2019.

14 properties were repossessed every day in Q2 2019 in England and Wales, or one every 1 hour and 43 minutes.

The number of UK mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance fell by 6 a day.

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by 134 per day in the year to August 2019.

1,250 people a day reported they had become redundant in June to August 2019.

Net lending to individuals and housing associations in the UK grew by £113 million a day in August 2019.

Government debt increased by £154.7 million a day in the year to September 2019.

Borrowers paid £139 million a day in interest in August 2019.

It costs an average of £22.92 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 £28.16 per day.

68 mortgage possession claims and 44 mortgage possession orders were made every day in England and Wales in April to June 2019.

293 landlord possession claims and 235 landlord possession orders were made every day.