Report Mr & Mrs Average In Ni in Northern Ireland Posted April 29, 2016 Consumer confidence in UK at lowest level in 15 months, survey suggestsUK - relatively small sample http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/apr/29/uk-consumer-confidence-barometer-eu-referendum-gfk The latest survey of 2,000 people conducted in the first two weeks of April showed confidence dropped in all the areas measured: their personal financial situation, their view of the UK economy and whether now was a good time to make big purchases. Fears of households over-stretching on borrowing as consumer credit growshttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/fears-of-households-overstretching-on-borrowing-as-consumer-credit-grows-34671386.html The Bank's Money and Credit report showed consumer credit increased by £1.9 billion in March, compared with an average of £1.4 billion over the previous six months. The figures also showed consumer credit recorded a 12-month growth rate of 9.7% in March, up from a rate of 9.5% in February and the highest rate recorded on this measure since late 2005. Peter Tutton, head of policy at StepChange Debt Charity, said: "Consumer credit has again risen rapidly and this is an area of growing concern. "Slow wage growth and the rise in insecure jobs have left millions of households financially vulnerable and we have already seen an increase in the number of people coming to us for debt advice in 2016. "If consumer credit continues to rise quickly, it risks increasing the vulnerability of households who are already struggling to make ends meet. "The last time consumer credit increased at this rate was in the lead-up to the recession, when credit was widely available and many households became seriously indebted.