Thursday, 24 February 2011

Debt Advice Trends

Well that's six resources posted to our Information Service now! We've just uploaded Debt Advice Trends to 2010! The report analyses a range of secondary sources pertaining to the levels of personal borrowing in the UK and the provision of free-to-client debt advice. It also attempts to quantify and project the total level of demand for debt advice by correlating a range of reports and statistics - all very topical given the recent uncertainties surrounding FIF debt advice. Key findings include:


The total value of personal borrowing remained largely stagnant from the end of 2008.


In contrast, the value of secured borrowing increased by 4.3% between January 2008 and December 2010.


Estimates for debt advice provided in 2009 range from 3 to 7.7 million clients.


Zero-credit estimates unmet need for debt advice to be in the region of 15 million adults.


Since 2003, there has been a distinct increase in the numbers of home owners, middle income earners and older people seeking debt advice.


The Over-indebtedness Strategy has yet to report statistics or projections for the provision and demand for debt advice nationally.



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