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Over 600,000 switch bank accounts in new campaign

More than 600,000 current account customers have switched providers in the six months since a new guarantee to take the "fear factor" out of changing banks was launched.

Read: Banks to make it easier to switch accounts

The campaign to make it easier to switch bank accounts was launched in September 2013. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

The Payments Council, which is overseeing the new service, said there were 609,300 switches in the six months to the end of March, which represents a 14% increase on the same period a year earlier.

High awareness of and growing confidence in the current account switch service has helped to boost the numbers, the Payments Council said.

Read: Seven-day bank account switching begins today

Less than a third of Britons think NHS is well run

Only 28% of the public think the NHS is well managed as an organisation, according to a new ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A nurse on a ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Only 12% of people think that NHS services in their area have got better in the last three months, while 30% think they have worsened - though this is the lowest proportion saying this for two years.

ComRes surveyed 2008 people between March 28 and 30.

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Half of Brits 'cannot afford' to buy home in local area

Half of British adults (50%) say that they could not currently afford to buy a property in their local area according to a ComRes poll for ITV News.

When asked if they could not currently afford to buy a property in their local area, 36% did not agree and 14% did not know.

Half of Brits 'cannot afford' to buy home in local area.
Half of Brits 'cannot afford' to buy home in local area. Credit: Rebekah Downes/PA Wire

The poll showed those in Wales felt they were the least likely to be able to buy a local property with 60% of respondents agreeing they could not afford to buy, higher than 59% in London.

Some 2,039 people were surveyed by ComRes.

Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Read: Schools in your area affected by teachers' strike

When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.

The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).

Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.

Watch: Teacher claims 'we are standing up to erosion of standards'

Poll: 46% of Brits expect Budget to be bad for them

Nearly half of Britons (46%) expect George Osborne’s Budget this week to be bad for them personally, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes. Just 9% expect it to be good for them, 27% said neither good nor bad, and 18% said they did not know.

Chancellor George Osborne announces the budget on Wednesday. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Just 16% think the Budget will be good for the British public as a whole, compared to 47% who think it will be bad for the British public as a whole. Some 20% said neither, and 17% said they did not know. ComRes interviewed 2,053 people between March 14-16.

Read: Third of Brits 'worry they will never be able to buy a home'

British public 'would rather buy a home than rent one'

The British public would overwhelmingly rather buy a home than rent one, according to the ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

The poll suggests 81% would rather buy their own home, compared to just 10% who disagreed.

Roads filled with houses.
The ITV News Index suggests 81% of Brits would rather buy their own home than rent one. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Meanwhile 71% said they felt it is important to own the home they live while 19% disagreed with that statement.

Read: Third of Brits 'worry they will never be able to buy a home'

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Almost half of Brits 'agree Help to Buy is a success'

Almost half of Britons believe the Government's Help to Buy scheme has been successful in helping people buy homes who previously could not afford it, the ITV News Index poll suggests.

According to the results:

  • 47% agree the scheme has been successful
  • 15% disagree
  • 39% said they did not know

However, 41% believe the scheme is contributing to the increase in house prices.

32% of Brits 'worry they'll never be able to buy a home'

One in three (32%) Brits worry they will never be able to afford to buy a home, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

Houses with for sale signs.
The ITV News Index poll, carried out by ComRes. found 32% of Brits worry they will never afford a home. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Of the 2,058 British adults surveyed, 71% said it is "harder than ever" to buy a home today.

Read: Osborne unveils home-building plans ahead of Budget

3 in 4 Brits think Government 'not in control' of floods

Nearly three quarters of Brits (72%) now think the Government does not appear in control of the flooding situation.

Only a fifth (20%) agree that the Government is doing enough to help those affected by the flooding and storms a ComRes poll for ITV News found.

A graph showing the results of the ITV News Index poll.
Seventy-two per cent of those questioned thought the Government does not appear in control of the situation. Credit: ITV News

The number of those who disagree that Government and environmental agencies have responded well the recent flooding has increased dramatically from 39% when the floods first hit in the new year, to 62% today.

There has also been a more than 10% rise in the number of people who do not think that Britain is equipped to deal with the weather it is likely to face over the next five years.

62% think Government reputation worse after floods

Prime Minister David Cameron chats with employees of the Environment Agency in Upton-upon-Severn.
Prime Minister David Cameron chats with employees of the Environment Agency in Upton-upon-Severn. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Two thirds of Britons believe the Government's reputation for crisis management has been hurt after the recent severe weather.

A ComRes poll for ITV News found that just a quarter (26%) believe that the flooding has made no difference and only 7% think that the Government is emerging from the situation with a better reputation.

Read more: PM will 'learn lessons' by visiting every flood-hit area

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