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People turn to their families in tough times, says Relate

An overwhelming majority of people see relationships with their family as important in economically tough times, according to a new survey from charity Relate. However one third of those surveyed have had more arguments with their family as a result of financial worries.

The survey, which was commissioned to examine the impact of the economic downtown on family life, also suggests that 93 per cent of people see relationships with their family as very or fairly important when money is tight.
Nearly six out of ten people confide their financial concerns in their partner, while the remaining four turn to other family members.

Nearly 60 per cent of 2,742 people featured in the poll said they were concerned about their economic prospects during 2013, and the majority said they were more worried about making ends meet on a day to day basis than about the possibility of falling ill or losing their jobs.

Relate’s chief executive Ruth Sutherland said: “The most striking thing about this survey is what it tells us about the value of our personal relationships. When times are tough and when all else fails, we turn to our nearest and dearest to get us through, and it’s in our best interests to support people to make the best of their relationships at home.”

The poll was commissioned from polling organisation Yougov.

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