CAP commissioned YouGov to carry out a poll of 2270 people across the UK in August and it found:
IMPACTED — 84% (estimated 44 million) of people say they have been financially affected by the cost of living crisis.
RISING PRICES- Half (49%, estimated 25.9 million) reported their bills and costs have risen by between £101 and £500 a month.
STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY — Before and during 2021, 15% (estimated 7.9 million) were already struggling financially. But since the start of 2022 there has been an alarming growth, with an additional 8% (4.2 million estimated rise) at the start of the year who were pulled into financial problems, growing to almost a third (32%, estimated 16.9 million) by Easter, and then to just under half (48%, estimated 25.4 million) in total by August.
CUTTING BACK — It’s estimated over 32 million people (61%, 32.3million) have reduced their energy use to save money and over 24 million (46%, 24.3million) are shopping around more and using cheaper supermarkets.
DESPERATION — Sadly, almost 8 million people (15%, 7.9million) are estimated to be going without heating or electricity completely and a similar amount are skipping meals (8.5 million, 16%). Almost 20 million people (37%, 19.6million) have cut out socialising and leisure altogether.
DEBT & BORROWING — An estimated 6.9 million people (13%) are behind on bills and over 22 million (42%, 22.2million) have borrowed money to cope with rising costs. Of those who have borrowed money this year, 40% have borrowed £1000 or more with 15% borrowing more than £3000 during 2022.
LONG TERM IMPACT — Over a third (36%) of those with debts expected it to take them over a year to repay the debts they have already built up in 2022. One in ten (13%) don’t know how long it will take them to pay back what they have borrowed.