Charities working in sectors such as debt, relationship and housing advice should prepare for a sharp rise in demand, the national debt charity the Consumer Credit Counselling Service has warned.
The charity commissioned research that showed 6.2 million households are "financially vulnerable" – including two million people on low incomes, two million people in rented accommodation and 600,000 single-parent families.
The report, Debt and Household Incomes, which was conducted for the CCCS by the think tank the Financial Inclusion Centre, says 3.2 million people are "already in financial difficulty, either in structural arrears or already subject to some form of debt action, with a further three million at risk of getting into financial difficulty because they are finding it hard to make ends meet and are vulnerable to increases in household bills".
The report predicts charities that help people deal with problems relating to debt, relationships and housing could be among the most severely affected.
Delroy Corinaldi, director of external affairs at the CCCS, said: "Charities dealing with these issues should prepare for an increase in demand across the board.
"Partnerships across the sector will be a crucial way of helping charities deal with this increase in demand."
The CCCS has commissioned a series of research reports on personal debt.