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43% of Brits leave half of letters unopened


Almost half of people in the UK don’t open all the letters they receive in their post, partly due to avoiding bank statements or bills.

46% of UK adults have admitted in a new survey from the Debt Advisory Centre that they do not open all their post. The people surveyed advised that their unopened post goes straight into the bin or the shredder.

Junk mail tops the list of most unopened mail, followed by bank statements, credit card bills, utilities bills and phone bills. People aged 25-34 years are most likely to leave their mail unopened, with 51% of them admitting this. They are also the most likely age group to avoid opening their bank statements (33%), credit card bills (24%) and utility bills (17%). Individuals aged 18-24 are more likely to avoid opening their phone bills – with 16% admitting to this.

People admitted that they do not open their post as they are worried that they will receive bad news, or that they do not want to know how much they owe on their bills.

Ian Williams, spokesman for DAC, says:
“The truth, of course, is that ignoring a debt problem won’t make it go away – and it is likely to get worse as interest and charges continue to mount up. The only real solution is to tackle the problem head on – either by speaking to your lenders directly or by working with a debt advice charity or an advice provider such as Debt Advisory Centre.”

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