Household debt as a % of disposable income
Household debt peaked in Q3 2008 at 155.6% of household disposable income. It then declined to 132.4% by late 2015.
Growth in household debt levels accelerated from early 2016, so that the debt-to-income ratio rose again to 136.3% by mid-2017. In Q3 2022 it was 133.8%.
Statistical note: The household debt and income source data were changed in May 2019. Previously debt and income totals included the non-profit sector (mostly charities and universities). The new data reflects only individuals in the household sector. The overall historical trends are unchanged. For more see Box 1 in the Library paper on household debt.
Current average mortgage interest rates
The average Standard Variable Rate (SVR) was 7.02% in February 2023, up 3.18 percentage points on a year ago.
The average 2-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.82% in February 2023, up 3.04 percentage points on a year ago.
Individual insolvencies, England and Wales
There were 29,589 individual insolvencies in England and Wales in Q4 2022, 1,660 more than in the previous quarter. The largest increase since the current series began in 2010 was seen between Q2 2020 and Q3 2020.
The Q4 2022 level is 7.1% higher than the level in Q4 2021.
In Scotland, there were 1,966 individual insolvencies in Q3 2022, 5% fewer than the year before.
In Northern Ireland, there were 430 individual insolvencies in Q3 2022, up 14% on the year.