Debt worries emerge from break-ups

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Monetary shocks such as divorce and redundancy are leading people into liable crises, a charity has said.

The under-25s are prone to problems caused by sterile budgeting, a review by debt helpline StepChange found.

But for most age gathers, a lack of money resulting from an income shock — rather than out of pocket budgeting — has led to many slipping dangerously into the red.

A large proportion of put parents and tenants have sought help from the charity, it said.

«It can be too cosy to look at statistics and fail to see the anxious human face of problem in financial difficulty,» said Phil Andrew, StepChange’s chief executive.

«Our clients present that the debt problem is far from solved. With the prospect of costly interest rates ahead, it would be a mistake to take too much reassurance from the easy improvement in the wider economy.»

The figures, published in a review of the charity’s achievement in 2017, follow separate figures that revealed a rise in dear insolvencies for the second consecutive year.

In total, 99,196 individuals were claimed insolvent in England and Wales, up 9.4% from 90,657 in 2016.

In Scotland — where the method works differently — there were 2,691 individual insolvencies in the fourth habitation of 2017, a rise of 2.1% on the same quarter in 2016.

In Northern Ireland, insolvencies stand up by 3.7% over the same period.

Priority debts

The StepChange criticize records which people sought help from the charity during the year and the bounds of their debts.

The charity found that 21% of those beg for help for the first time were single parents with lads, despite this group making up only 6% of UK households.

Residents were also more likely than most to seek management. Four in five of those contacting the charity were tenants, although merely a third of UK households rent their home.

Two in five had arrears on the accountabilities that should be considered as a priority, primarily council tax.

Separate human beings published on Tuesday show that first-time buyers in the UK typically dish out 17.3% of their gross monthly household income on mortgage repayments.

The facts, from trade body UK Finance, showed that the typical credit to first-time buyers was £139,500.

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