Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Enquiries about bankruptcy jump 50% – CAB
Credit card debt and problems with unsecured loans dominated, accounting for 40% of the CAB debt caseload. One in four of all debt enquiries concerned credit and store cards. Consumer credit debt problems of all kinds increased by 14%, while problems with overdrafts and unsecured personal loans increased by more than 18%. Enquiries about bankruptcy jumped by 50%. But the figures also indicate that many hundreds of thousands of people are increasingly struggling to meet their day-to-day living expenses. Gas and electricity debt problems shot up by a third (33%), while council tax debt enquiries went up 25% and telephone debt problems by 19%. Problems with mortgages and secured loans were up 11%.