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31% have no safety savings net

Almost a third of families have savings which would last just five days if they were faced with a financial emergency, research has found. Some 31 per cent had less than £250 put aside as a safety net, three per cent higher than last year.

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A fifth of households have no emergency savings

A fifth of households said they have no emergency cash while another 12 per cent said they have less than £250 for a rainy day.

It is generally recommended to build up a minimum of three months take-home pay as a "salary cushion", typically £5,756.

Some 28 per cent of those who took part in the survey said they would be unable to cover rent or mortgage payments if they unexpectedly lost their income.

One in 10 said they would be forced to rely on a credit card, personal loan or an overdraft.

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