Money Statistics: March 2024

28th March 2024

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for March 2024

Personal debt in the UK

  • People in the UK owed £1,838.7 billion at the end of January 2024.
  • The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £65,479 and per adult was £34,570, around 99.1% of average earnings.
  • Net mortgage lending increased by £354 million in the month, while net consumer credit lending increased by £656 million.
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux across England and Wales answered 250,686 enquiries in February 2024, 8.2% up from February 2023.

Mortgages, Rent and Housing

  • Outstanding mortgage lending stood at £1,617 billion at the end of January 2024.
  • The average mortgage interest rate was 3.42% at the end of January 2024. Based on this, households with mortgages would pay an average of £5,146 in mortgage interest over the year.
  • HM Land Registry reports that the average house price for first-time buyers in Great Britain was £235,020 in January 2024, an annual decrease of -1.0% and a monthly change of –0.1%.
  • According to the Office for National Statistics, private rental prices in the UK rose by 9.0% in the 12 months to February 2024.

Spending and Loans

  • According to the FCA, in the UK in 2022 there were 1.1 million adults who did not have a bank account. This was 2.1% of the UK adult population.
  • According to the FCA Financial Lives Survey, in May 2022, 3.1 million people said they had paid for everything or most things using cash in the last 12 months.
  • According to Ofcom, 1.5 million households did not have access to the Internet in March 2021. This included 18% of households with members aged 65+.
  • Fair By Design has estimated that the cost of the poverty premium to a typical parliamentary constituency is £4.5 million a year. This equates to over £430 per year for a low-income household.

The full report can be found here.