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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The Met Office has issued a yellow cold weather alert and there's the risk of snow in places later on Boxing Day.
Mostly dry and bright, but chilly. Frost tonight.
Most places will see bright or sunny spells through the day, but with a few showers around, especially during the morning.