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United Kingdom Payday Loan Trap
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United Kingdom Payday Loan Trap

Like much of the western world, the United Kingdom has faced some serious hardships over the past few years. The economic recession has hit the people hard as jobs are moving overseas and the austerity measures of the nation’s government start to take root. Many of the people in the U.K. are turning to payday loans in order to fill the gaps during these tough times. In fact, recent studies have shown that around 20% of the total lending market is in payday loans. This does not bode well for the millions of people who are struggling to live with their debt. Some people are calling it the "United Kingdom payday loan trap".

How Much Money is in Payday Loans?

In the United States and the U.K. there are huge payday loan industries that generate millions of dollars in revenue. In fact, in the U.K alone a total of 242 million British pounds were generated in revenue in 2011. That is a huge amount for a small island that doesn’t have nearly the same population as the United States. Nonetheless, the amount of people who are using payday loans has grown rapidly over the past few years.

According to research, there were only 300,000 payday loan users in 2006 in the United Kingdom. By the time the recession had hit, in 2009, the figure had quadrupled to 1.2 million. Estimates put the figure around 3 million today, which is ten times the number of people only six years ago. The industry is generating a lot more revenue, but the number of users involved will help to propel that number even further in years to come.

Growing Payday Loan Debt in Britain

There is no denying that payday loans are convenient for families that don’t have the financial means to take care of themselves at all times. After all, a surprise visit to the doctor or car repair will set poor families behind if they are living on a tight budget. In order the fill the gap, a quick payday loan can easily do the trick. However, the industry is getting quite large in the United Kingdom for the simple reason that the economy is not showing any improvement.

There are many British people who have found jobs, gotten help with payday loan debts, and eventually got a payday loan settlement. The entire country is not falling into a debt spiral, but it is important that authorities take a look at how big the industry is becoming before it consumes too many people.


Street Talk

Another great article David, keep them coming! You are dominating my financial advice pin. :)

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  about 7 years ago

Well I hope the right people who need the help with see these.

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  about 7 years ago

It is a fast way to unmanageable debt and the people who can least afford it get stuck!

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  about 7 years ago

They sure do Roger and its a sad situation for them to be in.

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

Scary. Very dangerous.

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  about 7 years ago

Sure is, I had one client that had 14 of these loans! Crazy

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  about 7 years ago

Its worrying to see so many turning to loans to get out of trouble.

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  about 7 years ago

It really is but they have no where else to go in an emergency.

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  about 7 years ago

That's just insane man, If you can not afford it DON"T BUY IT! and that goes for governments as well

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  about 7 years ago

Well there are so many poor people who have financial emergencies, get laid off etc that have no where to turn but to these turkeys. But we help them out of these and darn glad to do it! :)

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  about 7 years ago
BIS_Coach  

Although I live in the UK and have seen the adverts on the television for payday loans, I had no idea the scale of them. Interesting article.

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  about 7 years ago

Its definitely becoming an "epidemic" of sorts here in the US. With over 19 million people who have them. Most of which are from unlicensed lenders or Indian Tribes who do not follow Federal Laws.

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  about 7 years ago
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