A new Ipsos MORI online survey of 18-75-year olds finds that overall, almost half of Britons (46%) say they have needed to save more money or spend less as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. And it is younger people who are most likely to be resorting to accessing new credit, relying on overdrafts, loans from family and friends or using up savings to avoid the financial pinch.
Overall, 16% say they are using up savings, and another 18% are considering it. But these are much more likely to be younger people – a quarter (25%) of young people say they have already needed to use up their savings, compared with 13% of 35-54s and 11% of 55-75-year olds.
There is a similar story on overdrafts. Overall around one in ten say they have done this (11%), but this rises to 18% of 18-34s, compared with 11% of 35-54s and just 3% of those aged 55-75. And 16% of young people say they have needed to borrow from family or friends, four times more than those aged 35 or older.
In terms of access to more formal finance, 4% of Britons say they have already taken out a loan in response to COVID-19, but this differs significantly by age. Only 1% of those aged between 35 and 75 have done this already while 1 in 10 (11%) of 18-34s say they have. Similarly, 11% of this age group have accessed a new credit card compared with only 2% of 35-54s and not even 1% of 55-75s.
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