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Family finances: are you beating the UK average?

A new report sets out exactly how much the average UK household earns, owes, spends and saves.


by Michelle McGagh on May 31, 2012 at 08:47

The money saved on non-essentials is being put to good use as 53% of people said they spend nothing on debt repayments, up from 42% last year.

‘With the amount of unsecured debt falling from £10.418 to £9,314, this suggests more families are seeking to pay down their debts, thus freeing up future income,’ said the report.

Some good news

The Aviva report shows it is not all doom and gloom for those in the UK, though, as the typical income is rising. The number of UK families who survive on an income of less than £1,250 per month has continued to fall from 30% last November to 28% in January and 25% last month.

The average monthly income has also increased to £2,150 from £2,062 last May.

The report said: ‘Families have experienced a net income increase higher than the UK average. This may be because not only are they likely to be older and therefore more financially secure than some individuals, but they are also more likely to be a dual income household.’

Although debt levels remain high, people are saving more. A total of 76% of people said they have some savings, compared to 72% a year ago.

The average family saves £45 a month, up from £32 last year.

The average amount held in savings and investments, excluding pensions and property, is £1,228, a 6% increase from £1,163 last year.

Richard Kelsall, head of savings at Aviva, said: ‘The latest report found that over the last 12 months a growing number of families are trying to save money on a regular basis and as a result, a greater number now have larger savings pots.

‘In addition more families say they now have pensions, savings accounts, and ISAs, which suggests they are reacting to the difficult financial situation and seeking to provide a buffer to protect themselves and their loved ones.’

More homeowners

The number of people living in homes they own has also risen to 69% from 63% last year and the number of people privately renting has dropped from 23% to 19% over the same period.

The average value of a home, according to the report, is £212,324.

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9 comments so far. Why not have your say?


May 31, 2012 at 09:06

But surely this average family will be in receipt of benefits - what impact does that have?

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May 31, 2012 at 12:35

Re. benefits, I think most of the economy is kept afloat by government borrowing. I have often wandered just what the government could afford to pay public sector workers, pensioners and benefit claimants if we said tomorrow, no more borrowing. Incidentally, I believe current government borrowing far from going down, is at historically high levels. I'm afraid the pain will only get worse and last a lot longer than we are being told.

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May 31, 2012 at 13:06

£9000 on credit cards? What on earth were they thinking?

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May 31, 2012 at 13:18

I personally at any one time can have £7-8K on credit cards but most of this will be on 0% interest deal (paid off when deal ends|) and the rest paid off each month. It's a useful way of getting free credit; I wander how much of the £9K average is on that basis.

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Chris Sullivan

May 31, 2012 at 13:37

4% of £1,680/month is £67 a month or £806.40 a year for all entertainment and all holidays for the average family (of say 2 adults 2 children).

That equates to 2 trips to the cinema/bowling/other per month OR

2 cheap meals out per month OR

1 x 14 day holiday at £57/day accommodation travel and food.

Hardly the high life is it and that's only the average? Really??

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jo soap

May 31, 2012 at 15:27

is that £25800 gross or net ?

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John Osborne

May 31, 2012 at 19:24

Britain needs to be more like the old days when thrift and saving were virtues, and debt a crime unless for something really essestial that has productive output for the country as well as the individual.

Until people learn to save and invest wisely then they and the country will always be poor.

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Dennis .

May 31, 2012 at 22:22

I sometimes wonder where these numbers come from or are they, like 83% of most statistics, made up on the spur of the moment.

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kenneth douglas

Jun 01, 2012 at 11:04

I agree with Dennis. The average Net income per person for England/Wales is way below £25,800 per annum, more in the region of £23,500. In Wales the average pensioner income is in the region of £8,800. Statistics can be so misleading

Do Citywire do any research themselves or do the just push out the scribblings of others.

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