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Crisis cash considered too costly for Brits

NS&I research finds nation wanting in emergencies

Too few UK consumers have sufficient savings for emergencies, according to new research.

National Savings and Investments

New research from National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has revealed that almost a third of the British population are financially unprepared to cope with unexpected events.

The findings showed that 32% of people said they did not have savings set aside to deal with an emergency, such as long-term illness or redundancy.

The survey also found that Britons believe the average amount each person would need to ensure peace of mind in an emergency is £5,368.70 – the approximate equivalent of four months of the average person’s take-home income.

Which? senior researcher Martyn Saville says: ‘If possible, consumers should try to set aside at least three months’ salary so they have an easily-accessible rainy-day fund to dip into in an emergency.’

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