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Do Britain's Borrowers Know How Much They Really Owe?

  (June 26, 2012)

London, UK (PRWEB UK) 26 June 2012

London, 26th June 2012 New research commissioned by leading instant online credit information provider, Equifax, reveals that nearly a third of UK consumers who dont pay off their credit card each month, dont know their current outstanding balance and over half dont know what interest rate theyre paying. With almost 40% saying they use their credit cards for all or some forms of living expenses, Equifax believes this reveals a worrying lack of knowledge over financial commitments.

Over half of workers surveyed in the Equifax commissioned research also said they have 10% or less of their salary left in the week leading up to payday, with forgotten cash in pockets or even behind the sofa seeing them through to the end of the month.

Key Statistics
Research conducted on behalf of Equifax by OnePoll, 23-24 May 2012 amongst 3,000 consumers
58% women; 42% men

  •     Almost 40% use their credit cards for all or some forms of living expenses
  •     1 in 5 pay off less than 25% of the credit card balance or the minimum payment each month
  •     Of those who dont pay off all their credit card balance each month, 29.85% dont know what their current outstanding balance is and 58.44% dont know what the interest rate is on their credit card
  •     10.10% of workers said they have nothing left in the week leading up to payday; 14.63% have less than 5% remaining and 22.63% have less than 15% to keep them going to payday
  •     34.2% goes to family if they need to borrow money with Mum and Dad the favourites at 25.83%. Grandparents are the second option at 8.43% followed closely by brothers or sisters at 8.27%.
  •     32.37% said they were regularly (at least once a month) or fairly frequently (every 2-3 months) overdrawn

In response to this new research, Equifax is urging consumers to conduct a financial health check at least once a year to help them stay in control and avoid the risk of spiraling debt as Neil Munroe, External Affairs Director explained: It seems, from this latest research we have commissioned, that many UK consumers are living on a financial knife-edge. Even with the latest news that inflation has dropped, its still hard for families to balance living costs with many not having a salary increase so far this year.

We therefore think its very worthwhile to try to carry out a financial health check at least once a year, just to review overall finances and give them the control they need to effectively manage their debts. Consumers can make a habit of monitoring their credit agreements, by downloading the Equifax Credit Report app. This means they can check out their credit status at any time, allowing them to make informed decisions when it comes to spending or applying for more credit and getting the best rates.

The favourite place for finding the spare cash to keep going to the end of the month:

In coat/jacket pockets    15.67%

In the car    9.77%

Loose change jar    24.30%

Down the back of the sofa    6.10%

At my child's piggy bank/savings account    2.37%

N/A - I never have any spare cash at the end of the month    22.63%

The Equifax app is available free from the Apple iTunes Store on iPhone and iPad and from Google Play for Androids.

About Equifax

Equifax is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions, providing businesses of all sizes and consumers with information they can trust. We organize and assimilate data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and use advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers. Equifax operates or has investments in 17 countries for more information, please visit

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