(PRWEB UK) 13 November 2012
Couples without children are significantly more likely to be struggling with personal loan debt than their child raising counterparts, according to findings released today by StepChange Debt Charity.
The gap between couples with debt
Since 2007, the charity has seen notably more couples without children seeking its help with personal loan debt, when compared with those with children.
Last year, 66,527 childless couples sought the charity’s help for problems stemming from personal loan debt; for those bringing up children the number was just 55,610, a difference of 10,917.
In 2010, 14,745 more couples without children came to StepChange Debt Charity with personal loan problems; in 2009 the difference was 15,495; in 2008 it was 12,349; and in 2007 it was 11,173.
Personal loan debt and seeking help
Commenting on the findings, Delroy Corinaldi, StepChange Debt Charity’s external affairs director, said: “While personal loans are not the most expensive form of credit when compared to credit cards, store cards or payday loans, the amounts owed on personal loans can be significantly higher and take longer to pay back as a result.
“The reasons for the trends we’re seeing are not certain. However, tax credits and child benefit can provide a financial buffer for those with children that is not always available to those without.
“Lifestyle differences between couples with children and those without may also explain such a discrepancy. Often those with children are more conservative with their spending and less likely to use credit to fund holidays and social activities.
“Regardless of the reasons, anyone who is struggling with any form of debt should immediately seek help from a debt charity”.
All media enquiries should be directed to:
Una Farrell - una.farrell(at)stepchange.org
Ed Ware - edward.ware(aT)stepchange.org
Tel: 0207 391 4583 (07950 469101 if outside office hours)