Money Advice Service comments on NS&I’s financial education research

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Following research released today by NS&I highlighting that more than half of Britons are out of their depth when it comes to managing money on a day-to-day basis, Caroline Rookes, Chief Executive for the Money Advice Service comments:

“It is concerning that millions of Britons struggle to manage their finances and are unable to plan for their futures. With over seven million admitting they have no savings at all and more than half saying they never received any formal financial education, it is unsurprising that many families are struggling and falling into debt. This follows research recently conducted as part of the Financial Capability Strategy that found four out of ten adults are not in control of their finances and 19 million Britons don’t have an approach to budgeting that they feel works.

“Today’s research highlights yet again the importance of delivering a fully collaborative Financial Capability Strategy across the UK. The Financial Capability Board is working to harmonise the efforts of charities, product providers and all relevant third parties to make sure people are able to improve their financial skills at any point in life. Working with the next generation in schools is a great start but we have to help people at every stage in life, from infancy to retirement.”

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