In this report, we examine how the financial impacts of Covid-19 may affect people in different demographic groups and regions and explore experiences of debt and household finance before and during the pandemic.
Across the UK, certain demographic groups are more vulnerable to financial difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. This includes people who were already worse off before Covid-19, showing another way in which the pandemic has deepened existing inequalities. We also found variations between UK regions in levels of pre-pandemic indebtedness and vulnerability to problem debt.
Our recommendations focus on actions to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and to help people manage their finances. These should be read in the context of a view that the government needs to support adequate incomes through job protection and creation, and strengthening the social safety net.
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