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Families have been warned of a looming credit drought as banks and building societies stop handing out cards and overdrafts to hard-pressed households
Industry experts have said that lenders are clamping down on debt applications for fear that borrowers default as the economy worsens. It is the latest evidence of how the financial markets crisis is affecting households and follows news that mortgage companies are primed to increase their interest rates, causing more hardship for hundreds of thousands of households due to renew their home loans in the coming months.