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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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Pocket money paid by three quarters of parents

Almost three quarters of all UK parents pay their children pocket money, according to a survey by insurance provider Aviva.

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Mortgages at most affordable for 14 years

Mortgages are at their most affordable in 14 years, with payments accounting for just over a quarter (27 per cent) of a new borrower's income in the second quarter of 2013, research from the Lloyds Banking Group has found.

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