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Money 'bigger worry than health'

People fear more for their financial health than their physical well-being over the next six months, a report has suggested.

The Hopes And Fears survey found that nearly a third of people believe their biggest concern will be money-related.

This includes worries about not be able to make ends meet, sinking into further debt, a friend or family member having money problems and the possibility of sinking into a double-dip recession.

Health came in second place, with 23% saying they were concerned about their own wellbeing or that of family members.

Opinium Research, which carried out the study, said this was an about-turn from six months ago, when health was the biggest concern in its research and finance came second.

James Endersby, managing director of Opinium Research, said: "What is alarming is the number of different financial concerns that now top people's worries, demonstrating that consumers do not see an end in sight for these fiscal troubles.

"The fact that more people are now scared of money problems over health problems for themselves really paints a picture on where people's minds are."

The top of the list was dominated by worries related to the economy, with people concerned about their living standards falling, losing their jobs - and not finding another one - and Government cuts.

The research involved 2,023 UK adults and took place last month.

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