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Interest rate rise to affect millions

The number of people using more than half their disposable income on debt repayments could rise from 600,000 to two million by 2018, a think tank has reported.

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Households planning Christmas cut-back

Two thirds of consumers are planning to cut back on Christmas spending this year, according to new research by Which?

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Homeowners are downsizing for retirement

More than a third of homeowners who are considering downsizing their home are doing so in order to support their retirement plans, research by Lloyds Bank has found.

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Rising house prices boost rental market

House prices in the UK are expected to rise by 25 per cent in the next five years, according to real estate adviser Savills.

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'Big six' energy companies questioned about rising costs

The UK's six largest energy firms have been questioned by a committee of MPs over recent increases in electricity and gas prices.

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Families borrow £654 for Christmas celebrations

Eight million adults - 16 per cent of the UK population - expect they will have to borrow money to pay for Christmas this year, research from Thinkmoney has found.

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Help to Buy mortgage guarantee launches

The Government's £12 billion Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme - designed to help thousands of people with small deposits get onto the housing ladder - has launched three months ahead of schedule.

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One in three women protected by life assurance

Two in three women have never taken out a life assurance policy, according to a survey from insurance and pensions provider Friends Life.

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Universal Credit criticised by spending watchdog

The Government's welfare reform programme - Universal Credit (UC) - has suffered from 'ambitious timescales' and 'weak management', according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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Parents spend £180 on new school year

Parents of school children aged five to 16 years-old spend an average £180 per child equipping them for the new school year, research from YouGov has found.

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