Research has shown hundreds of people across the region fear they will be unable to meet rent or mortgage payments this month.
The study by housing charity Shelter, found that just over 40 per cent of families in the East expect to fall into arrears.
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A woman has been banned from keeping all animals for three years after admitting neglecting her cat and four kittens - two of whom died.
With the cold weather expected to last for at least the next five days, the Met Office has issued various snow and ice warnings.
Cold but dry and bright this afternoon followed by a risk of icy stretches tonight.