The Money Statistics September 2015

3.8% The increase in rental prices in London.

£57,42 The cost of filling a 50 litre petrol tank.

£18,364 Was spent every second on credit and debit cards.

19% The proportion of households who rent privately, the highest since the 1960s.

4.9% The average proportion of their post-tax income, including benefits, UK households save. The lowest since Q3 2008.

0.5 The increase in rental prices in the North East.

1.56% Of mortgage loans are in arrears.

30% The proportion of adults actively participating in a pension (up 4%).

£10.87 The amount of interest gained on the sum someone on the average salary would save at the normal savings rate in an ISA.

UK Personal Debt

People in the UK owed £1.443 trillion at the end of July 2015. This is up from £1.412 trillion at the end of July 2014 – an extra £604 per UK adult.


The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £54,042 in July. The revised figure for June was £53,966.


Per adult in the UK that’s an average debt of £28,556 in July – around 112% of average earnings. This is up from a revised £28,535 in June.


Based on July 2015 trends, the UK’s total interest repayments on personal debt over a 12 month period would have been £53.035 billion.

  • That’s an average of £145 million per day.
  • This means that households in the UK would have paid an average of £1,986 in annual interest repayments. Per person that’s £1,050 4.12% of average earnings.


According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s July 2015 forecast, household debt is predicted to reach £2.551 trillion in Q1 2021. This makes the average household debt £95,532 (assuming that the number of households in the UK remained the same between now and Q1 2021).


Outstanding consumer credit lending was £173.38 billion at the end of July 2015.

  • This is up from £162.1 billion at the end of July 2014, and is an increase of £223.10 for every adult in the UK.


Per household, that’s an average consumer credit debt of £6,493 in July, up from a revised £6,456  in June – or £421.94 extra per household over the year.


It also means the average consumer credit borrowing stood at £3,414 per UK adult in July. This is up from a revised £3,433 in June.


Total credit card debt in July 2015 was £62.1bn. Per household this is £2,325 – for a credit card bearing the average interest, it would take 25 years and 4 months to repay if you made only the minimum repayment each month.

  • The minimum repayment in the first month would be £55 but reduces each month. If you paid £55 every month, the debt would be cleared in around 5 years and 5 months.


UK Banks and Building Societies wrote off £2.950 billion of loans to individuals over the four quarters to Q2 2015.


Outstanding mortgage lending stood at £1.269 trillion at the end of July.

  • This is up from £1.250 trillion at the end of July 2014.


That means that the estimated average outstanding mortgage for the 11.1m households with mortgage debt was £114,593 in July.


The average Mortgage Interest rate was 3.07% at the end of June. Based on this, households with mortgages would pay an average of £3,518 in mortgage interest over the year.


For new loans, the average Mortgage Interest rate was 2.57%. Using the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, this means new mortgages would attract  an average of £3,214 in interest over the year.

According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders, gross mortgage lending in July totalled an estimated £22 billion.

  • This is 14% higher than July 2014, and 9% up on June 2015.

The median rent in England across all property typesfor the 12 months to March 2015 was £600, data from the Valuation Office Agency shows. In London this was £1,350.

Everyday in the UK

The population of the UK grew by an estimated 1,223 people a day between 2003 and 2013.

On average, a UK household spends £3.10 a day on water, electricity and gas, up from £2.91 in Q4 2014

209 people a day are declared insolvent or bankrupt. This is equivalent to one person every 6 minutes 53 seconds.

36.5 million plastic card purchase transactions were made every day in June 2015, with a total value of £1.59 billion.

9m cash machine transactions were made every day in August with a value of £367m.

2,330 Consumer County Court Judgments (CCJs) are issued every day, with an average value of £2,171.

Citizens Advice Bureau in England and Wales dealt with 6,323 new debt problems every working day during the year ending March 2015.

42 properties are repossessed every day, or one every 34 min 20 seconds.

The number of mortgages with arrears of over 2.5% of the remaining balance fell by 67 a day.

The number of people unemployed for over 12 months fell by 142 per day.

1,155 people a day reported they had become redundant between April and June.

Government had a surplus of £43m a day during July 2015 (£502 per second).

Net lending to individuals in the UK increased by £122.6m a day.

Borrowers would repay £145m a day in interest over a year, based on July 2015 trends.

It costs an average of £29.91 per day to raise a child from birth to the age of 21.

53 mortgage possession claims and 38 mortgage possession orders are made every day.

398 landlord possession claims and 323 landlord possession orders are made every day.