4th December 2018

More than a quarter of Brits haven’t saved anything for the last year, says Lloyds

The latest Lloyds Bank Quarterly Savings Review shows that many Brits are still struggling to save. The majority of reasons given for not saving reflect a common feeling of pressure on personal finances, leaving people unable to save.

Of those that didn’t save any money in the last year, 60 per cent said they simply didn’t have enough money to save, and 35 per cent stated the rising cost in living prevented them putting money away; 28 per cent felt they had to manage their outstanding debt first.

When looking at the whole country, including those who do save, just 38 per cent are satisfied with their current level of savings. Amongst savers and potential savers, 22 per cent expect to be able to save more over the next 12 months whilst 50 per cent expect the amount they save to remain the same over the next 12 months.

It isn’t all doom and gloom, however. There is evidence that the UK is becoming more savings savvy, with 26 per cent saying they would rather spend than save – an improvement of four percentage points relative to June 2018 (30 per cent); 71 per cent care about the amount of savings they have and 81 per cent believe it is important to them to save for the future.

Mark Rawcliffe, Head of Variable and Wealth Savings Products, said: “The desire to save is there, and its importance has not been lost on the people of the UK. However, it’s true to say that some are feeling so squeezed by their own living costs that they are unable to put money aside.

“For these people, innovative ways to save may be the answer. Tools like our own Save the Change can help to round up the pennies and put them to one side, helping to build a savings buffer over time for those that weren’t able to save last year.”