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Part-time childcare more expensive than average mortgage

Part-time childcare costs for a family of two children are 4.7 per cent higher than the average UK mortgage bill, according to research by the Family and Childcare Trust.

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Home ownership continues decline

Home ownership in England has fallen to a 26-year low, according to new Government figures.

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Scottish house loans highest since 2008

The number of loans for house purchase in Scotland increased by 24 per cent in Q4 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

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Annuities market ‘not working’, says FCA

The annuities market is "not working" for the majority of customers, according to the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Joint accounts less attractive to couples

A third of couples don’t have a joint bank account, according to research by Thinkmoney.

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Two thirds have unsecured debts

UK adults owe a total of £139 billion in unsecured borrowing on credit cards, personal loans, overdrafts and other credit facilities, according to research by MoneySupermarket.com.

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A third of teenage mobile owners have tablets

A third of 13-18 year olds with a mobile phone also have access to a tablet, a YouGov report has found.

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One in six lives in rented accommodation

A sixth of the UK’s population lives in accommodation rented from private landlords, according to a report published by property group Knight Frank.

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Credit card bills most avoided mail in Scotland

Credit card bills are the most unopened non-junk mail in Scotland, a survey from the Debt Advisory Centre Scotland has suggested.

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A quarter of young adults live with parents

More than a quarter of adults aged between 20 and 34 lived with their parents in 2013, according to analysis by the Office for National Statistics.

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