Client report: Taking on UK poverty


Read our 2023 client report, exploring the severe poverty problem the UK is currently facing. 

Key statistics

  • 54% of CAP clients have sacrificed meals at least monthly
  • 50% of CAP clients considered or attempted suicide as a way out of debt 
  • 56% had to borrow money to pay for food, clothing or other living costs 
  • 61% f CAP clients couldn’t afford basic toiletries like soap, toothpaste and sanitary items 
  • 2/3 of CAP clients had fallen behind with one or more household bills 
  • 50% of budgets created for clients were unsustainable due to low income 

2023 client report: in summary

In 2022, the cost of living continued to rise, while household incomes fell behind. Rates of priority debt went up, and more people struggled to pay household bills. We saw higher demand for emergency food shops, fuel vouchers and help with essentials.

A big concern found in our latest client report is that over half of CAP clients’ budgets were unsustainable due to low income. More people are being driven to extreme poverty and destitution, and one in two CAP clients have considered or attempted suicide before seeking help.

As a society, we have a severe problem on our hands and we cannot allow it to continue. At CAP, we’re pushing our 27 years of expertise to the limits and doing everything we can. Last year, we helped 9,168 people with their debts, delivered emergency support to 1,831 homes, and played a part in encouraging over 4,000 local churches to open Warm Welcome Spaces during the winter.

Now is the time to come together and fight back. Because poverty isn’t going anywhere unless we do something about it. Read our latest client report and find out how, together, we can take on UK poverty.

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