Money Statistics: November 2021

29th November 2021

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for November 2021

Personal debt in the UK

  • People in the UK owed £1,749.2 billion at the end of September 2021.
  • The average total debt per household, including mortgages, was £62,938 and per adult was £33,072, around 108.6% of average earnings.
  • Net mortgage lending rose by £5.58 billion in the month, while net consumer credit lending fell by £124 million.
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux across England and Wales answered 358,917 enquiries in October 2021, 4.0% down from October 2020.

Spending and Loans

  • On average, 52.5 cash machine transactions (including balance enquiries and rejected transactions) were made every second in October 2021, an increase of 2.0% on October 2020.
  • The number of ATMs (in-branch and remote) fell from 60,662 at the end of 2019 to 54,574at the end of 2020 (a fall of 10.0%.)
  • In Q2 2021, households in the UK spent £120.5 million a day on water, electricity and gas, or £4.33 per household per day.
  • UK Finance figures show that 53.7% of credit card balances were bearing interest in August 2021.

Mortgages, Rent and Housing

  • Outstanding mortgage lending stood at £1,551.3 billion at the end of September 2021.
  • The average mortgage interest rate was 2.05% at the end of September 2021. Based on this, households with mortgages would pay an average of £2,881 in mortgage interest over the year.
  • HM Land Registry reports that the average house price for first-time buyers in Great Britain was £225,607 in September 2021, an annual increase of 11.3% and a monthly increase of 2.7%.
  • According to the Office for National Statistics, private rental prices in the UK rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to October 2021.

Financial Inclusion

  • According to the FCA, in the UK in 2020 there were 1.2 million adults who did not have a bank account. This was 2.3% of the UK adult population.
  • According to the FCA Financial Lives Survey, in February 2020, 5.4 millionpeople relied on cash to a great or very great extent, with 2.5 million using cash for all their payments.
  • According to Ofcom, 1.5 millionhouseholds did not have access to the Internet in March 2021. This included 18% of one adult households aged 65+.
  • Recent research by Turn2us and Fair By Design found that low-income households pay a ‘poverty premium’ in buying their goods and services of £478per year.

The full report can be found here.