50pc of Britons unprepared for income losses

Sam Cordon

July 9, 2013

Stress at the thought of surviving without a salary is particularly pronounced in those aged 18-34 (67%), dubbed ‘Generation Recession’, who have spent the majority or all of their working lives in an uneasy financial climate.

However despite more than two-thirds worrying about how they would cope without their salary this is still 5% lower than this time last year (72% of 18-34 year olds in 2012) which could be an indicator that young people feel more prepared financially.

Jennifer Gilchrist, senior product development manager, Bright Grey said: “It is no surprise that younger people are the most concerned about a potential financial pitfall; without the security of an established career or savings this group has the most to lose if they were to find themselves out of work.

“It is interesting that this age group has also lived in a financially uncertain climate for most if not all of their career.

“While it is encouraging to see growing confidence after the doom and gloom of recession it is clear that many do not know that protection insurance is a way for them to maintain their peace of mind if unable to work.”

This trend of financial preparedness holds true for most people, with the average person now estimating that they could continue to support themselves for just over ten months.

Households are also starting to think about their futures with the amount of people without savings falling by 1.7 million. In fact the average person now has £9,883 in savings tucked away for a rainy day.

Gilchrist said: “It is always encouraging to see people planning from a financial perspective, particularly as these figures indicate renewed confidence in individuals’ abilities to control their own finances.

“However, it is important that we do not encourage complacency. Our report indicates that 60% of people do not currently have any kind of protection insurance and with the average monthly household expenditure currently estimated to be over £2,000 a month, people’s hard-earned savings may not tide them over for as long as they hope.

“Now is the time to strengthen your financial safety net and ensure that finance is not your concern should you or a loved one be diagnosed with a serious illness, suffer a disability or die.”

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