Half of parents and renters say they can not afford surprise bills

Britons feeling the pinch: Almost half of parents and renters say they can no longer afford an unexpected expense, report finds

  • ONS figures reveal in July three in 10 thought that life will not be normal for year
  • The same report on the crisis discovered ‘financial resilience worsened in July’
  • It said that parents and those renting particularly stressed financial vulnerability
  • Half in the groups could not afford unexpected but necessary expense by July 26

Increasing numbers of people have said they will struggle to save and cope with surprise bills and almost a third believe it will take more than a year for life to return to normal.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal in July three in 10 people said they believe life will not return to normal for at least a year – up from two in 10 in June.

The same report on personal and economic wellbeing during the pandemic also found ‘financial resilience worsened in July’.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal in July three in 10 people said they believe life will not return to normal for at least a year – up from two in 10 in June

It said parents and people renting properties particularly stressed their financial vulnerability.

Roughly half of people within these groups could not afford an unexpected but necessary expense by July 26.

Across all respondents, one in three people reported being unable to save for the year ahead, with this figure up to 41.6 per cent for those aged between 30 and 59.

This also resulted in an increase in borrowing, with 13.3 per cent of people reporting they had to borrow money or use credit more than usual in July.

Parents were particularly affected, with 22.2 per cent saying they increased borrowing.

One in six people said they had seen a reduction in their household income in July – which was a marginal improvement from data for the end of May.

Across all respondents, one in three people reported being unable to save for the year ahead, with this figure up to 41.6 per cent for those aged between 30 and 59

This came as people surveyed said they increasingly returned to work throughout June and early July.

People on incomes below £20,000 saw a significant increase in the number of people returning to work, however the ONS said this trend ‘stalled’ in the last weeks of July.

It also revealed 73.4 per cent of those employed with a vulnerable health condition did some work at the end of July, jumping from 47.5 per cent in May.

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