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The True Story of Debt in the UK

Want to know the true story of debt in the UK?  Well, here's a few stats and facts:

The Story of UK Debt Q4 2010

Just to emphasise a few of these numbers:

  • Total personal debt in the UK is running at £1.45 trillion (that's £1,454,000,000,000) 
  • Individuals owe more in personal debt than the country's annual output
  • As a country we owe more in personal debt than we produce in economic output as a whole.
  • The average UK household debt is £57,706 
  • The average UK adult on a debt management plan (e.g. seriously in schtuk) owes £29,875  
  • The average UK adult on a debt management plan has unsecured debts of £17,857, with 19% owing more than £30,000
  • The average household pays over £2,582 in interest every year
  • 46% of personal debt is on Credit Cards
  • 372 people a day are declared insolvent or bankrupt, or one person every four minutes
  • There are 7.9 million cash withdrawals every day, with a value of £530 million
  • £2.73 is saved by the average person every day



Thanks to Money, Debt and Credit for this infographic and stats information on the true story of UK debt.

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