Vince Cable responds to UK debt crisis
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Vince Cable said:
"One in six of the population could not cope with even a modest rise in mortgage payments. Consumer credit is running at 10% a year. With the Bank of England predicted to increase interest rates, a recession could lead to repossessions and people defaulting on their debts. The danger is that this becomes a negative spiral.
"Half the population is now defined as being financially vulnerable, and real wages have fallen for six months in a row with inflation on the rise. And this is before the Conservatives have taken us out of the single market and customs union.
"It underlines the need to give people a breathing space for indebtedness in the short-term. It is depressing but not surprising that young people are shown to be the most indebted, reflecting the extent of inter-generational inequality.
"Yet Theresa May continues to talk about the strength of the UK economy. This is simply not the experience of many people in Britain today."