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Half of Brits feel worse off than five years ago

Half of all adults feel worse off financially than they did five years ago, according to a survey commissioned by price comparison website Gocompare.com.

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Childcare costs up 19 per cent in 2013

Childcare costs rose by an average of 19 per cent in the year to December 2013, according to the results of a survey by Findababysitter.com.

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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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