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Up to 40 per cent have not made key checks on their credit rating or electoral roll entry

Money Insider: Keep a close eye on your credit history

Does your credit record contain the correct information? While many people will have heard of the term credit record, research from credit card provider Aqua shows that less than half of people have checked their own file to see what it contains.

Discover your financial history with a free credit report

More and more people are finding out what their credit standing is so they don't encounter financial difficulties now or in the future.

A credit report details all of your major financial history concerning loans taken out from financial institutions, and is used by them to determine if you're eligible for credit. After all, in trying to work out if you're able to repay a loan, looking back to see if you've abided by the terms of past loan repayment schedules will be the best guide possible.

Money Insider: Find a cheaper alternative to payday loans

We are constantly bombarded by payday loan adverts, on television, online, in newspapers and on billboards, so it's no surprise so many have signed up for this high-cost credit. But just because your credit record isn't up to scratch, it doesn't mean you have to face crippling four-figure payday interest rates, there are cheaper alternatives.

I'm not a celebrity get me out of debt!

While celebrities such as Dionne Warwick, Nicolas Cage and Kerry Katona might be able to end up millions of pounds in debt only to shrug it off and continue in the limelight, we’re not all so lucky.

Special report: Labour to tackle the great rental rip-off

Housing charity warns millions are being forced into debt, and profiteering agents still go unregulated

Money Insider: When did you last take a look at your credit record?

While many people will have heard of the term "credit record", research from one credit card provider revealed that only 48 per cent of people have ever checked their own file to see what it contains.

Money can be all too ready when borrowers use payday lenders

Money Insider: Less talk on payday loans, please. We need action

Payday lending returned on Monday to a place with which it has become very familiar: under the microscope – this time at a London summit.

Debt collection companies can be persistent

When can you blow the whistle on your employer?

Disclosures about the NHS and police have put changes to employment law in the spotlight

Student loans do not show up on your credit reference

Money Insider: So do you know what's on your credit record?

While most people have heard of the term "credit record", research by Aqua credit cards shows that less than half have ever checked their own file.

Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, FBI chief Robert Mueller, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kim Kardashian all victims of online hackers

Some targets had private financial records published online

Cabinet ordered to 'double' efforts to kickstart growth

David Cameron and George Osborne have ordered ministers to do more to kickstart growth amid a Cabinet “blame game” about Britain’s flatlining economy.

Markets set for sterling sell-off after AAA setback for Britain

Analysts expect pound to weaken against dollar and euro in response to Moody's decision

Chancellor George Osborne who insisted Britain would not

AAA rating will take at least 10 years to regain

As the Chancellor tries to make light of Moody's downgrade, Mark Leftly assesses the fallout

George Osborne in Eastleigh last week

Britain's loss of AAA credit rating a 'humiliating blow' to George Osborne, says Ed Balls

The Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of having suffered a “humiliating blow” after Britain was stripped of its AAA credit rating.

Money Insider: Play cards right to end payday loan misery

There are a growing number of credit cards on the market designed to steer some consumers back towards mainstream credit and away from the clutches of payday lenders.

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A new American serial killer?

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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

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