Monday, November 30, 2020

Total UK wealth tops £10tn thanks to City and property boom

A booming City and rising house prices provided a double boost to Britons holding assets in 2016 as they pushed the nation’s wealth through the £10tn mark, according to a new survey.

Lloyds Bank’s private banking arm said total household wealth in the UK increased by £892bn last year – with the property and financial markets each responsible for half the rise.

News of the 9% jump in the value of the assets from £9.6tn to £10.5tn during 2016 is likely to rekindle the debate about the UK’s wealth inequality. Previous surveys have shown that a tenth of adults own half the nation’s wealth, while 15% own nothing or have negative wealth.

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