Almost one in five Britons say their personal financial situation has improved in the last three months - the joint highest figure since 2010, according to an ITV News poll.
In the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes, 17% of respondents said that their personal finances had recently got better.
However, 50% said they did not expect their personal financial situation to improve this year.
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