Young British families can’t cope

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in five British families is “unable to cope” according to research published today by the Centre for the Modern Family think-tank. Youngest families are being hit hardest: 3m can’t pay the bills and 1.2m can’t pay the mortgage. Many have been forced to resort to desperate measures – one in eight admits skipping meals, one in ten relies on payday loans and a third have sold items on the internet. Those in the south, and wealthier families, were reported more able to cope.