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Family spending link highlighted by poll

Spending habits seem to be genetic, Skipton has suggested.In a new poll from the building society, 24 per cent of Britons said that the "majority" of their habits were shared with their mother.This total went down to 15 per cent for fathers - but plunged to just two per cent for friends.Jason Clarke, a spokesperson for Skipton, said: "A key part of managing your finances in the current climate is about taking responsibility and keeping track of your outgoings. "Rather than looking at genetics or family traits and blaming your mum and dad for your spending habits, those who want to avoid a 'debt hangover' in the New Year should call in to one of our branches for a financial review to see how they could save money or make it work harder for them."Figures from charity Credit Action suggest that total personal debt in the UK is in excess of £1.4 trillion.KPMG also released figures earlier this week, predicting that personal insolvencies would rise from 105,000 to 150,000 from 2008 to 2009.

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