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Our 'Wales in the Red' report identifies some of the key characteristics and debt situations of our clients in Wales.
Based on general public polling, we estimate that around 8% of adults living in Wales
are facing severe debt problems, compared to around 6% of the UK adult population.
This equates to 193,000 people in Wales in severe problem debt. We estimate a further
412,000 (16% of the Welsh population) are showing signs of financial distress.
When looking solely at clients who have dependent children, over half are single parents (54%) whilst 46% are in couples.
In the wider Welsh population just 27% of adults with dependent children are single parents,compared to 63% who are in couples.
More than one in four Welsh adults (28%)
said they, or someone in their household, had
experienced a life event that made them worse
off financially in the last two years. This is slightly
higher that the percentage for GB adults (24%).
average, StepChange clients in Wales have 1.5
different types of arrears. The proportion of Welsh clients in arrears for each household bill are council tax 36%, water 30%, mortgage 28%, rent 27%, electricity 22%, gas 16% and TV license 8%.
The charity is particularly over-represented with clients aged
between 25 and 39 compared to the wider Welsh population.
Less than a quarter of all Welsh adults are aged between
25 and 39, yet 41% of Welsh clients fall into this age group.
Email us to discuss our 2019 personal debt statistics and other debt research across the UK.