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Concern as consumer credit continues to soar

The Bank of England has today published its latest monthly Money and Credit report, showing consumer credit grew by £1.9 billion in November. The 12-month annual growth rate in consumer credit now stands at 10.8% - its highest since October 2005.

Joanna Elson OBE, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said:
“Consumer credit continues to soar, and this is something we should all be concerned about amidst the current uncertainty over the UK economy.

“Most people are currently able to handle this extra borrowing, but if the economy does indeed suffer in the years ahead, these extra debts could become even more difficult to repay. 

“We would urge households to review their financial position carefully before taking on any new borrowing, and consider how they would cope with the repayments in the event their circumstances take a turn for the worse.

“The figures are even more stark when you consider that they only take into account some of households’ pre-Christmas spending.  Our research shows that one in three Britons put Christmas on credit – and we are already seeing a surge in people contacting National Debtline for advice as a result.

“Anyone who is struggling to cope should seek free advice from a charity-run service such as National Debtline as quickly as possible.”

Research conducted for National Debtline by YouGov recently found that;

  • Around one in three British adults (33%) put Christmas on credit this year
  • 11% of British adults (equivalent to an estimated 5.5 million people) say they are likely to fall behind with their finances this New Year as a result of Christmas spending

National Debtline offers free advice at or on 0808 808 4000, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm.

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