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One-in-three Brits use payday loans for mortgage costs

by: Adam Williams
  • 09/02/2015
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One-in-three Brits use payday loans for mortgage costs
More than one-in-three Brits have taken out a payday loan to help them meet their monthly mortgage or rent payment, research has found.

The Debt Advisory Centre said 35% of those surveyed had been forced to take out a high interest short-term loan in the past 12 months to meet housing costs.

An additional 13% also took out a payday loan to fund a one-off emergency such as boiler repairs, the survey found.

However, the most common use for a payday loan was to buy essentials such as food and travel.

In total some 3.5m people in the UK have taken out a payday loan in the last 12 months, representing 7% of the population.

Men are more likely to take out a payday loan with 9% accessing such finance in the last year compared with 5% of women.

There is also a bias towards younger borrowers with 17% of 25-34 year olds admitting to having taken out a payday loan. This compares to 3.6% of people aged 45-54.

Ian Williams, spokesman for the Debt Advisory Centre, said: “Many people who are struggling with money problems often put off tackling them – for example, believing that if they can just borrow some money to get through this month, then things will be better next month.

“However, for a great many people that simply isn’t true: if you have got to the stage where you need to borrow money to buy food or pay the rent, a loan isn’t the solution – it is time to seek expert help with you finances.”

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