Falling behind on your household bills due to coronavirus?

Research carried out by the citizen’s advice found that an estimated 6 million UK adults have fallen behind on at least one household bill during the pandemic, including;

• 3.4 million on their mobile phone or broadband bills
• 3 million on their water bills
• 2.8 million on their energy bills
• 2.8 million on their council tax
• 1.2 million on their rent

3.9 million people have also fallen behind on either their credit card or overdraft repayments. This includes 3 million people who have fallen behind on their household bills at the same time.

Certain groups are far more likely to have fallen behind

• 1 in 5 (21%) key workers have fallen behind on their bills, compared to fewer than 1 in 10 (7%) people who are not key workers.
• 1 in 4 (24%) people with caring responsibilities have fallen behind on their bills, compared to 6% of people without caring responsibilities.
• 1 in 3 (31%) Black people are behind on their bills, compared to 1 in 8 (12%)white people.

People who have fallen behind on bills as a result of coronavirus have also faced wider difficulties

• 1 in 5 (18%) of people who have fallen behind on their bills have been unable to afford essentials, including 1 in 10 (9%) who have been unable to afford food.
• 1 in 5 (22%) have had to sell their possessions to make ends meet.
• 1 in 3 (30%) have had to run down their savings as a result of coronavirus.
• Half (56%) of parents who have fallen behind have had to cut back significantly on regular spending to ensure their children don’t go without.

Coronavirus has pushed many people into debt. The average person helped by citizens’ advice had a disposable income of just over £100. Which means it would take at least 30 months to pay back just their priority debts.

Struggling To Meet Repayments?

If you have found yourself struggling to meet repayments recently, or if this crisis has simply pushed you even further into debt, please don’t hesitate in contacting our debt advisers. There is no cost for our advice and you are under absolutely no obligation to listen to our advice.

Our goal is to help people regain control of their finances by providing support, advice, and debt solutions. Call our expert team on 0800 121 48 63 Mon – Thur 9 am – 7 pm & Fri 9 am – 5 pm.