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UK Personal Debt Statistics - November 2018

The latest UK personal debt statistics from the Money Charity can be found below..

UK personal debt statistics May 2017

Amount Owed:

People in the UK owed £1.616 TRILLION at the end of November 2018. This figure is up from £1.569 TRILLION at the end of November 2017 – an extra £898.71 per UK adult.

Average Borrowing:

The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £58,948 in November.

That's an average debt per adult of £30,832 – which is about 112% of average earnings.

Consumer Credit Levels

Outstanding consumer credit lending was £215.4 BILLION at the end of November 2018.

This is up from £206.2 BILLION at the end of November 2017, and is an increase of £174.80 for every adult in UK.

This means average consumer credit borrowing per UK adult is now £4,108

Credit Card Borrowing

Total credit card debt in November 2018 was £72.5 BILLION. This is an average of £2,643 per household

This means at the average credit card interest rate it would take 26 years and 6 months to repay if you made the minimum repayments each month.

Debts Written Off By Banks

UK banks and buiding societies wrote off £471 MILLION of loans and credit card debt to individuals in quarter 4 of 2016. That's roughly £5.1 MILLION a day.


3,001 consumer County Court Judgments (CCJS) are issued every day, with an average value of £1,337.

Number Of Personal Insolvencies

273 people a day are declared insolvent or bankrupt. This is equivalent to one person every 5 MINUTES 16 SECONDS.

Previous UK personal debt statistics from the Money Charity can be found here:

UK personal debt statistics May 2017

UK personal debt statistics January 2017

UK personal debt statistics August 2016

UK personal debt statistics May 2016

UK personal debt statistics March 2016

UK personal debt statistics January 2016

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