High-cost loan users are facing an austere Christmas, according to new research that discovered borrowers are twice as likely to be forced to forgo buying presents.
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But when it comes to high-cost lender customers, just over half – 52 per cent – face the same festive season quandary. In fact, 44 per cent are left with no option but to miss out on meeting up with family altogether because they simply cannot afford to go.
Financial difficulties also stand in the way of the festive feasts with high-cost loans making it more than twice as likely for borrowers to skip a meal while a quarter will be reliant on foodbanks compared to just seven per cent without a loan.
The stigma around problem debt can also play a role at Christmas, leading to isolation and loneliness with one in five people who’ve taken out a high-cost loan have no one to talk to about their financial woes. Add to it the pressure to create the perfect Christmas – again double the amount of high-cost loan users feel pushed to spend more than they can afford – and life on the bread line is increasingly tough over the holidays.