BusinessCompany NewsCredit crunch costs Britons £40,000 each

Credit crunch costs Britons £40,000 each

£1.9 trillion of UK household wealth wiped out since July 2007

A 28% drop in wealth held in housing and equities has erased £1.9 trillion of
UK household wealth since the beginning of the credit crunch in July 2007,
PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates.

This works out to around £40,000 per adult, according to PwC, although it
concedes that this estimate of loss would vary “considerably” across the UK
population.

In total, a staggering 130% of Britain’s GDP has been wiped out. PwC
estimates that this could ultimately reduce UK expenditure by up to £45bn, or 3%
of GDP.

The losses comprised a 20% drop in house prices, totalling £800bn, with the
£1.1 trillion that has been subtracted from the stock market since mid-2007.

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