From the increase in heating bills to the extra expense that Christmas celebrations can bring, it’s no secret that winter can be an expensive time. However high rents and mortgages in England mean that many families have had to reduce winter spending just to make ends meet.
According to housing charity Shelter who conducted the research, more than a quarter (27%) of parents of under-18s said they had cut down on winter spending to meet housing costs; skimping on heating and warm clothes just to be able to pay their rent or mortgage costs. Ten percent of the parents surveyed by Shelter also said that they were worried about how they are going to be able to afford rent or mortgage costs in the upcoming year.
Shelter helpline adviser Danielle Goodwin has issued the following tips for anyone dealing with rent or mortgage debt:
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