ComRes interviewed 2028 British adults online between the 20th and 21st November 2013. Data were weighted to be representative of all British adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables are available at www.ComRes.co.uk
Date Published: 10 Dec 2013
Categories: Public and communities | Social | UK
One in eight of us fear we’ll end up homeless if we are unable to pay our bills
More than half (53%) of British adults say that they are concerned about being able to pay their household bills, including rent or mortgage in 2014 – with one in eight (13%) saying that, if they were unable to pay their household bills next year, they would be concerned about sleeping rough.
The findings come from a ComRes survey for St Mungo’s, which looked at people’s concerns around not being able to pay household bills next year.
They found that:
· More than half (54) said they would be concerned that not being able to pay household bills would put a significant strain on their personal wellbeing and mental health.
· A third (32%) of British adults say that they would be concerned that they would not have the financial funds or opportunity to find alternate suitable accommodation.
· Three in ten (29%) say they would be concerned that they would not know where to turn for help.
· Concern about homelessness is particularly notable among younger British adults. 18% of British adults aged between 18 and 24 say that they would be concerned that they would have to sleep rough, compared to 6% of those aged 65+.