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Research finds 57% of parents in the east stretch finances to pay for annual holiday

The Norfolk coast Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nearly a third of parents say their kids decide where the family holiday will be each year, with half in the East of England saying they're pressured into visiting certain destinations.

The research by travel search engine Kayak found nearly 60 per cent stretch their finances to pay for their annual break.

Regularly stretch their finances

Parents also take grandparents on family holidays to contribute to the overall costs and to babysit.


More than 13,000 households in the East faced eviction last year

Those in Luton, Thurrock and Peterborough are mostly likely to lose their homes. Credit: ITV Anglia

New figures show more than 13,000 households in the East of England faced eviction last year.

The charity Shelter says it's because of a lack of affordable housing and welfare cuts.

The towns in this region where people are most likely to lose their homes are Luton, Thurrock in Essex and Peterborough.

Lottery winning gran to spend her winnings on a new set of teeth

Diana (left) bought the ticket in Great Massingham. Credit: Lotto.

A great-grandmother who scooped £1m on the national lottery with a ticket bought at a Norfolk village shop has vowed to treat herself to a new set of teeth.

Diana De Gilio, 70, retired carer who lives in New Zealand. She was in the UK to celebrate her birthday with friends and family when she discovered her life changing win.

She had popped into a village shop in Great Massingham, Norfolk, when she decided to try her luck on the EuroMillions MegaFriday draw.

"While I was in the shop I saw a poster for the EuroMillions Mega Friday Draw and asked the lady what it was about.

"Once she'd explained...I decided to try my luck by buying five Lucky Dips."

– Diana De Gilio, lottery winner

As well as treating herself to a new set of gnashers, she also plans to buy a new pair of glasses, help her family buy a house and travel the globe.

Scheme launched to stop rogue traders targeting vulnerable people

Traders will be put through a strict vetting procedure. Credit: ITV Anglia

A new scheme is launching in Hertfordshire today to stop vulnerable people being targeted by rogue traders.

Local traders applying to the scheme will have to go through a strict vetting procedure, including a criminal record check.

It's been developed by the consumer organisation Which? and Hertfordshire County Council.


Survey reveals over 65s' money worries

Older people worry about their money running out. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire.

A survey has revealed the biggest money worry for over 65s in the East of England is that their savings will run out.

The charity Independent Age also found more than a quarter of older people run out of money before the end of the month and one in seven - or 14% - do not expect to have the money needed to pay for their funeral.

Almost a third of people aged 65 and over are in debt with the average debt more than £2,100 - higher than the national average of £1,800.

Independent Age says many pensioners are not claiming all the benefits they are entitled to.

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