More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are "a burden" with average UK household now 3,200 in the red


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More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are 'a burden' with average UK household now 3,200 in the redPressure of debt has got worse since the 2008 recession, ONS survey findsSouth-East has the highest levels, Wales the lowestBritish debt mountain now approaching 100bn, based on unpaid credit cards, loans and overdrafts By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 More than eight million families admit their personal debts are ‘a burden’ as the country’s total debt mountain balloons to nearly 100billion, official figures revealed yesterday. The report, from the Office for National Statistics, highlights how debt problems have jumped sharply since the recession struck in 2008. To make matters worse, it ignores people’s mortgages, and looks only at other types of debt such as an unpaid credit card bill, an overdraft and a personal loan

How that bottle of bubbly could leave you blind


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Open with caution: How that bottle of bubbly could leave you blind The pressure inside a champagne bottle can launch a cork at 50 miles per hour – fast enough to shatter glass Doctors report bottles causing serious eye injuries and even blindness | UPDATED: 11:35 GMT, 31 December 2012 High pressure hazard: A champagne cork can travel up to fifty miles per hour We all savour the sound of a champagne cork popping. But those of us too squeamish to open the bottle for fear of a fast-flying cork might be onto something

Britain"s gender pay gap: Mothers who work full-time earn 21% less than men


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Britain's gender pay gap: Mothers who work full-time earn 21% less than menStudy reveals the true extent of the gender pay gap in BritainWorking mothers in full-time employment paid 21 per cent less than men Women without children also paid 7 per cent less than men in full-time jobsBritish childcare also costs much more than in most other countries | UPDATED: 02:13 GMT, 18 December 2012 Enlarge Gender gap: Working mothers earn 21% less than men the report says, while the cost of childcare can almost wipe out the benefit of returning to work Mothers who work full-time earn 21 per cent less than men, a report revealed yesterday. But even women without children are victims of Britain’s gender pay gap. On average, they earn 7 per cent less than men in full-time jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said

Today is D-day for drivers (that"s extra dangerous)


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Today is D-day for drivers (that's extra dangerous) thanks to hangovers, bad weather and Christmas shopping Crashes set to double on 'most dangerous day of the year' Bumps and smashes double in the week leading up to Christmas | UPDATED: 01:54 GMT, 17 December 2012 Motorists heading out today be warned – it is the most dangerous day of the year on the roads.

How using Facebook and Twitter in bed is ruining our sex lives


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Too much tweeting to woo: How using Facebook and Twitter in bed is ruining our sex lives Nearly 50 per cent of adults admit spending 90 minutes online once they've got into bed | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 13 December 2012 Social networking is ruining Britons' sex lives because they are wasting too many evening hours online. People are going to sleep 90 minutes later than 10 years ago – becasue they sit in bed using Facebook and Twitter, it has emerged. A typical adult now drops off at midnight, compared with 10.30pm ten years ago.

Family spending increases to highest recorded levels as households shell out on spiralling transport costs


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Recession slashes family spending power by 10 per cent – households shell out on spiralling transport costs but are cutting back on clothes and shoes to pay for itIt cost 483.80 a week to run a British home in 2011Transport cost 65.70 – the biggest household expenseRising cost of fuel and insurance blamedSpending on clothes, shoes and furniture fallsCinema and sports spending up as Britons seek escape | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 5 December 2012 The spending power of the average family has taken a historic plunge over the past five years, official figures showed yesterday. The amount a typical household is able to pay to cover all its necessities and luxuries has dropped by nearly 10 per cent since the onset of the recession. An average home had almost 50 a week less to spend last year than it did in 2006, once inflation has been taken into account.

Its probably better to talk: How checking our phones 60 times a day is driving away friends


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It’s probably better to talk: How checking our phones 60 times a day is driving away friendsMobile phones are eroding our personal relationships, according to a new studyScientists have compared constantly texting and checking phones to addictions like compulsive spending | UPDATED: 10:33 GMT, 1 December 2012 Compulsive: Constant texting is an addiction, experts say Young people's attachment to their mobile phones is eroding their personal relationships, according to a new study. The claims come after research revealed that young adults – in addition to sending over 100 texts – check their mobile up to 60 times a day