One in eight people in the South West fear they won't be able to pay their rent or mortgage at the end of the month, according to housing charity Shelter. It's urging those with financial problems to seek help before matters spiral out of control
Shelter says more than 40 per cent of householders expect to struggle with bills
Retired people in the South West have the highest debt levels in England. According to research done by life insurance company MGM Advantage, the average retired person in the South West has over eleven thousand pounds worth of personal debt to their name.