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One in ten feel they have made a bad decision about debt

A tenth of people in the UK feel they have made a bad decision about their debt in the past two years, a new report has revealed.

Research sponsored by Standard Life found the cost-of-living crisis is affecting people’s confidence when it comes to making financial decisions.

What the survey found

  • almost two fifths (37%) are more cautious now when making decisions relating to money
  • two fifths (40%) have felt stressed about financial decisions they’ve had to make over the past two years
  • nearly a third (32%) feel anxious about their finances at the moment
  • over a quarter (27%) are coping at the moment but will struggle if prices continue to rise
  • over two fifths (42%) would value guidance on dealing with money

Increase in financial vulnerability

Riffat Tufail from Standard Life said:

“We’re seeing an increase in financial vulnerability at the moment, and it’s no surprise that this is hitting people’s confidence in making decisions about their money.”

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Rebecca Routledge

A qualified journalist for over 15 years with a background in financial services. Rebecca is Money Wellness’s consumer champion, helping you improve your financial wellbeing by providing information on everything from income maximisation to budgeting and saving tips.

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