The UK has been having some financial problems lately, and it’s affecting regular people and businesses. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on and how it’s impacting everyone.
Struggling to Pay Energy Bills
A big concern is that nearly 4 out of every 10 adults in Great Britain are finding it hard to pay their energy bills. A survey in September 2023 found that 42% of adults said they are having a tough time managing their energy expenses. This number is a bit lower than the 48% recorded the previous year, but it still shows that a lot of people are facing money challenges.
For many, the rising cost of living is a big reason for these problems. Out of those surveyed, 56% said that their day-to-day expenses went up in the past month. Shockingly, 60% of those folks said the reason is the higher cost of fuel. This means that with prices going up and salaries staying the same, people are feeling the financial squeeze.
Impact on Businesses
This money trouble isn’t just hitting households; it’s also affecting businesses. Data from September 2023 shows that more than a quarter (27%) of trading businesses saw less money coming in compared to the previous month. This is up by 2% from July 2023 when 25% of businesses were facing the same problem.
On the flip side, 15% of businesses made more money, showing that not every business is struggling. However, most businesses, 52% of them, didn’t see any change in their income.
What Happens During a Recession?
Recessions, like the one we’re seeing, have a big impact on many parts of our lives:
Jobs: When there’s a recession, businesses often cut costs by laying off workers. This leads to more people being out of work, which can be really tough for families.
Spending Less: As people worry about the economy, they tend to spend less. This means less money goes to businesses, especially those in retail and restaurants.
- Business Plans: Companies might delay or cancel their plans for growth during a recession. This can slow down the overall economy.
- Government Money: When the economy isn’t doing well, the government collects less money in taxes. This can affect public services and projects.
- Business Rates: Business rates are a key source of revenue for local governments. During a recession, declining business activity can lead to lower business rates income, which may affect local services and initiatives.
- Mental Health: All these money worries can really stress people out and make them anxious.
The recent money problems in the UK, including people struggling with energy bills and businesses making less money, show that times are tough. We need to find ways to help both families and businesses during these tough times. We should also work on addressing the reasons why living costs keep going up. By supporting struggling businesses and families, we can try to make things better and get the UK’s economy back on track.