Did you know that the average UK household saved up to £171 per week during lockdown, as spending on commuting, eating out, holidays and other leisure pursuits plummeted4 .
It looks like the trend is set to continue. With the government abandoning its back to work drive and State financial support continuing into 2021 in the form of the Job Support Scheme, Britons might not have to abandon their new savings habits just yet.
Bank deposits grow
While for some people, financial hardship has meant they are unable to save, Bank of England data suggests that personal bank deposits have tripled in comparison to recent averages, while consumers paid down a record £7.4bn of consumer credit in April – double the repayment in March, which was itself a record month5 .
What to do with your newfound funds
If you’re part of the lockdown saving army, then don’t let your windfall go to waste. You could use your extra cash to pay down debts, overpay on your mortgage or contribute more to your pension.
Advice is key
In these uncertain times, it’s essential to get professional advice to ensure you get the most out of your hard-earned savings. That’s why we’re here – so please get in touch. 4 Aviva, 2020, 5 BoE, 2020
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