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Half overspend on social life

Half of UK adults are in debt due to their social lives, a survey by the Money Advice Service has found.

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Average student faces financial hardship

The average UK student is short by £277 each month, according to consumer website Save the Student.

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House prices rise 0.7% in May 2014

The average price of UK homes rose 0.7% in May 2014, slowing slightly from the 1.2% increase in April 2014, figures from Nationwide reveal.

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Northern Ireland first-time buyers up 33%

The number of mortgages given to first-time buyers in Northern Ireland increased 33% in Q1 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, according to data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Pensions and childcare vouchers most popular benefits

Pension contributions and childcare vouchers are the most commonly offered tax-efficient salary sacrifice benefit, according to research from Employee Benefits.

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Two million homeowners plan to downsize

Up to 2.3 million homeowners aged 55 and over expect to sell their homes to raise finance, research from Prudential has shown.

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Consumer confidence continues to improve

Consumer confidence has reached a record high as the pressure on household wallets continues to ease, according to new research.

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First-time buyers rely on parents

Two thirds of people aged between 20 and 45 who have got a mortgage since 2012 had financial help from their parents, research by Halifax has shown.

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Retirement income gap increases

The gap in yearly retirement income for men and women has widened to £6,700 in 2014, according to research from Prudential.

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New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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