Cost of living impact to homeowners and renters

Published  02 November 2023
   4 min read

In the UK, the ongoing cost of living crisis is affecting many of us. People are faced with tough financial decisions and are making difficult choices about essentials like food, energy and other bills. 

To help understand the impact the cost of living is continuing to have in the UK, we have analysed the results of our latest research to get a clearer picture of people’s worries and financial priorities. 
Our data stems from a recent survey conducted by YouGov between August 25th and September 10th, 2023, with over 4,000 UK adults. We asked people about their experience of the current cost of living crisis and here's what we uncovered: 
Top Concern: A significant 94% of the individuals we surveyed expressed concern about the growing cost of living. 

Increased Expenses: On average, households are now spending an additional £494 per month to meet fundamental needs like housing, energy, and food. When including costs for childcare and pets, the cost rises even further. 
Slowly Growing Confidence: Currently, 1 in 5 the people feel comfortable and confident with their current financial situation. 

Visualising the Cost of Living Crisis in the UK

Graphic showing impact of cost of living

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4222 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 25th August - 10th September 2023. The survey was carried out online.

The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

*Data from Bank of England 
**Data from ONS

Dealing with rising costs

We understand the challenges posed by these circumstances can be overwhelming, and that's why we're here to offer support and guidance. Take a look at our guides and articles to find information and tips on managing money and dealing with bills. 

Find out what benefits you're entitled to

Our charity partner Turn2Us, the UK's leading charity that helps people in financial hardship, provide a free, confidential and independent benefits calculator to help people find out what state benefits they may be entitled to. Use the calculator to see what help you could get.