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The financial position of British households: evidence from the 2011 NMG Consulting survey

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  • Kamath, Kishore

    () (Bank of England)

  • Reinold, Kate

    () (Bank of England)

  • Nielsen, Mette

    () (Bank of England)

  • Radia, Amar

    () (Bank of England)

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Over the past year the recovery in the UK economy appears to have slowed. That weakness in UK demand has been driven by falling consumption, reflecting the challenging environment facing households. This article examines the factors affecting households’ budgets and spending decisions using the latest survey of households carried out for the Bank of England by NMG Consulting in September 2011. The survey suggests that most households had experienced an income squeeze, and credit conditions remained tight. Around half of households reported that they had been affected by, and had responded to, the fiscal consolidation. Reported levels of financial distress had remained elevated but had been contained by the low level of Bank Rate and some forbearance by lenders. Looking ahead, households were uncertain about future incomes and expected to continue to be influenced by the fiscal tightening. Households in aggregate, did not expect to change the amount they saved.

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  • Kamath, Kishore & Reinold, Kate & Nielsen, Mette & Radia, Amar, 2011. "The financial position of British households: evidence from the 2011 NMG Consulting survey," Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, Bank of England, vol. 51(4), pages 305-318.
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    3. Bryan, Mark L. & Longhi, Simonetta, 2013. "Couples' Labour Supply Responses to Job Loss: Boom and Recession Compared," IZA Discussion Papers 7775, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Bryan, Mark L. & Longhi, Simonetta, 2013. "Couples’ labour supply responses to job loss: boom and recession compared," ISER Working Paper Series 2013-20, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    5. Bunn, Philip & Le Roux, Jeanne & Johnson, Robert & McLeay, Michael, 2012. "Influences on household spending: evidence from the 2012 NMG Consulting survey," Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, Bank of England, vol. 52(4), pages 332-342.

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