Personal debt statistics 2018
Our Statistics Mid-Year Update takes an in-depth look at 326,897 new clients who contacted us for help with problem debt between January and June 2018.
From council tax and utilities arrears, to payday loan and credit card debt, our latest report explores the personal and household debt trends in 2018.
1. The proportion of clients in council tax arrears remains high
New clients were behind on council tax more than any other household bill. In the first half of 2018, almost a third of new clients responsible for a council tax bill were behind on payments.
2. The proportion of clients with energy arrears is rising
The proportion of clients behind on their energy bills has increased. Between January and June 2018, 13.1% of all new clients were behind on a gas or electricity bill.
3. Clients with short-term high-cost credit debts are increasing
The proportion of new clients with a payday or short-term high-cost credit debt has also been increasing over the past few years. In the first half of 2018, 18.3% of new clients had a payday or short-term high-cost credit debt.