More than seven million adults still struggling to pay bills, finds FCA

Around 7.4 million people in the UK struggled to pay a bill or a credit repayment in January, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Around 7.4 million people in the UK struggled to pay a bill or a credit repayment in January, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The figure is lower than last year but is still significantly higher than before the cost-of-living crisis began.

According to the FCA, in January 2023, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent start of the cost-of-living crisis, the number of people in financial difficulty almost doubled to 10.9 million.

The FCA survey also suggested 5.5 million people had missed a bill or credit payment in the six months to January 2024.

In addition, one in nine people also had no disposable income, the FCA said.

Sheldon Mills, Executive Director of Consumers and Competition at the FCA, said:

'Our research shows many people are still struggling with their bills, though it is encouraging to see some benefiting from the help that's available.

'If you're worried about keeping up with payments, reach out to your lender straight away. They have a range of support options and will work with you to agree the best one for you. You can also find free debt advice through MoneyHelper.'

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