With household budgets under pressure, there's a warning that many families in the South may take on quick-fix loans just to get through the cost of Christmas next month - and pay for it in the New Year.
Today in Southampton protesters gathered outside businesses offering pay-day loans, to highlight the possible dangers of high interest debt. Mel Bloor reports.
More top news
Police are investigating the death of a man who was crushed to death by a vintage tram he was working on in Hampshire.
Monday's weather for the east with Philippa
Monday's weather for the west with Philippa