48% Of The UK Class Themselves As JAMS

New report reveals which areas of the UK are struggling the most

• Just under half of UK households admit to ‘just about managing’, with 15% admitting to giving up necessities to pay off any unexpected expenses

• Aberdeen tops the list with 72% of residents admitting to being JAMS

• The average UK household suffers 4 unexpected expenses a year, with 18% admitting to not being able to cover the cost of over £100


New research from www.providentpersonalcredit.com reveals that almost half (48%) of the UK consider themselves to be ‘just about managing’ financially.

The survey of 2,000 adults revealed that 15% had to give up necessities like food and daily travel costs to pay for unexpected expenses, with a further 23% of respondents saying they had to give up holidays and seasonal events like Christmas to pay for unexpected expenses. The survey results highlighted that it takes the average Brit 4 months to pay off their unexpected expenses, however 5% of the UK are still paying them off after 7-9 months later.

Cities with the highest just about managing households

The nationwide research revealed which areas of the UK are considering themselves to be ‘just about managing’. Aberdeen top the list, closely followed by Worcester. But the changes in the areas since January is quite shocking.

Unexpected expenses troubling Brits

One of the biggest unexpected expenses troubling Brits are cars – costing £226 on average a year in unexpected costs. With 54% of respondents saying they’ve had at least one car related unexpected expense last year and 18% of respondents saying they knew about the issue but left it to get steadily worse.

After general household bills denting another £248 a year in unexpected costs, other expenses that might be smaller but add up throughout the year include:

Pets – £76 on average annually
Christmas – £93 on average annually
Leisure – £111 on average annually

A full breakdown of statistics on unexpected expenses in the UK can be seen at https://www.providentpersonalcredit.com/unexpected-expenses/

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