FCA Financial Lives Survey

The FCA have published a report on its Financial Lives Survey 2018.

The survey is the FCA’s largest tracking survey of adults and their finances, covering  13,000 face-to-face and online interviews. Key findings include:

  • compared with the UK average of 50%, 55% of adults in the North West and 54% of adults in rural areas show characteristics of potential vulnerability;
  • access to financial services is a particular issue in rural areas;
  • greater proportions of adults use consumer credit in urban (77%) than rural (68%) areas;
  • there is a higher concentration of adults with high-cost loans in urban areas (2.4m) than in rural areas (0.6m);
  • only 40% of UK adults are confident in the UK financial services industry, and only 31% feel that financial firms are honest and transparent; and
  • in the last 12 months, 23% of adults have experienced an unsolicited approach about pensions or investments that might be a scam.