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Building societies and banks could face funding gap of nearly £200bn

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Cardiff have confirmed they paid £1m to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs yesterday in part settlement of the club's unpaid tax bill.

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Patricia Stoute had only been married for a year when her money worries got too much for her. She climbed to the top of the Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford one sunny day last June and leapt to her death. She just couldn't cope any longer with the weight of worrying about the £25,000 she had built up on 14 credit cards, her inquest in January was told.

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Lending data published yesterday by the Bank of England painted a confusing picture of the state of the economy ahead of the Monetary Policy Committee's decision later this week on whether to increase interest rates and expand its £200bn economic stimulus programme.

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Debt advice from the Kevin Boon of the Consumer Credit Counselling Service

Home loan approvals at two-year high

The number of mortgages approved for people buying a home jumped to its highest level for more than two years during December, figures showed today.

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Debt advice from the Kevin Boon of the Consumer Credit Counselling Service

Simon Read: Wriggling out of debt is not proper justice

It looks like common sense will prevail in the attempt by some borrowers to have credit card debts written off. A judge ruled at the end of last month that credit agreements can't be deemed unenforceable. His ruling was the opposite of advice peddled by claims companies that have been telling borrowers for months that they could effectively get away without paying back the money they borrowed from credit card companies.

Upbeat start to the year sparks hopes of recovery

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Lloyds and RBS to cut their overdraft charges

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