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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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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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