One in four mortgage holders fear they will be in financial trouble when interest rates start to rise, research has found.
Some 27% of those surveyed for the Building Societies Association (BSA) and charity the Money Advice Trust think they will be in difficulty when the base rate eventually moves off its historic 0.5% low.
One in 14 (7%) people said that they would be in serious financial trouble if mortgage rates and repayments changed as they expect over the next three years, while a further one in five (20%) said this would cause them slight financial problems.
Around 39% of those surveyed said they will be forced to cut spending on holidays and eating out to cope with rate rises, while one-fifth plan to reduce spending on essentials such as clothing and food.
The Chancellor George Osborne has tonight set out "radical" planning reforms designed to help build up to 200,000 new homes.
The controversial proposals, announced during his annual Mansion House speech, would see councils forced to pre-approve brownfield sites for housing developments.
Mr Osborne also said it was important that the Bank of England was able to act "independently of politics" and take action by itself with new legal powers, to help fix Britain's housing market.
These were expected to be in put place by the end of next May.
"I want to make sure that the Bank of England has all the weapons it needs to guard against risks in the housing market," the Chancellor said.
"I want to protect those who own homes, protect those who aspire to own a home, and protect the millions who suffer when boom turns to bust."
Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls said:
The Chancellor George Osborne has said ahead of his annual Mansion House speech:
George Osborne has said he is to give the Bank of England legal powers to stop people taking out mortgages too large for them to pay off.
In his annual Mansion House speech, the Chancellor is to set out how the Bank will be able to order restrictions on the ratio of mortgage loans compared to borrowers' incomes, or to the value of their house.
In his speech, Mr Osborne is expected to say that while the housing market does not pose an immediate threat, it is important to insure against risks in the future.
UKAR, the Treasury-owned company set up to wind down the mortgage books of failed lenders Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley, says the Government should get back £38.8 billion it is still owed.
The company has already repaid £10.4 billion since 2010, including £5.1 billion in the 15 months up to March 31st of this year.
Announcing the positive results, UKAR said: "A lot of good work has been achieved to date and we expect to repay the remaining £38.3 billion debt in full."
The company said rising housing prices coupled with low interest rates had been "good news for out customers".
Families are paying more on average for part-time childcare than they spend on their mortgages, according to a new report.
It reveals parents are handing over more than £7,500 a year for childcare for two children, around 4.7% more than the average mortgage bill.
The report, by the Family and Childcare Trust, also suggests that some families maybe spending more on childcare than they do on their weekly shopping
It found that a family with one two-year-old child attending nursery part-time (25 hours a week) and a five-year-old in an after-school club will pay out £7,549 a year on average.
This is higher than the UK average annual UK mortgage, which the report says is £7,207 according to official data.
The total gross mortgage lending in July increased to £16.6 billion - a rise of 12% from the previous month, according to figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
The figures also represent a 29% increase from July last year and is the highest monthly estimate since October 2008.
Jake Berry MP and housing expert has told ITV Daybreak that "a stamp duty holiday [for first time buyers] doesn't work."
He added: "£3.5 billion equity stake imputed from the government to help you buy your own first home with a small deposit, at a reasonable interest rate, I think is a much better help."
Property expert, Kate Faulkner, has told ITV Daybreak that "there is already a cultural shift towards renting."
She said: "Rent can be a good option. [However] I just don't think that this mind shift has necessarily happened."