82% of Brits have money worries
More than three-quarters (82%) of Brits are worried about money some, most or all of the time despite the UK economy recovering, according to a new poll.
Almost two-thirds (63%) say they are struggling to keep up with bills and credit payments.
The poll also found that attitudes to issues such as inflation and unemployment varied considerably depending upon age, said the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP), which organised the research as part of Financial Planning Week - currently underway.
Inflation was a major concern for 62% of survey respondents aged over 55, with a further 38% of them stating they were worried about zero or below-inflation wage or pension rises.
Almost half (47%) of over-50s said they were concerned about the returns from savings and investments, compared to 30% across the poll as a whole.
Meanwhile, the young are more worried about jobs, with 51% of 18 to 24-year-olds fearful of unemployment or job insecurity, compared to 32% across the poll.
No financial plans
However, despite concerns, few Brits are taking advice to improve their finances. Rebecca Taylor, of Dunham Financial Services and IFP president, said: "Just 4% have a comprehensive financial plan in place with goals identified and prioritised with costs and a schedule of how and when they can achieve them.
"Even more worrying is that only 11% say they are likely to make a comprehensive financial plan in 2014. If people are to get savvy with their spending, they need to have a proper plan in place. After all, if you don't know where you're heading, how will you know when you get there?"
An increase in the general level of prices that persists over a period of time. The inflation rate is a measure of the average change over a period, usually 12 months. If inflation is up 4%, this means the price of products and services is 4% higher than a year earlier, requiring we spend and extra 4% to buy the same things we bought 12 months ago and that any savings and investments must generate 4% (after any taxes) to keep pace with inflation. Since 2003, the Bank of England has used the consumer prices index (CPI) as its official measure of inflation (see also retail prices index).