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How does household debt affect the economy?

10 June 2014 Last updated at 15:52 BST

More people are falling into debt because they cannot afford basic household bills, according to a charity.

The Money Advice Trust said it helped 150,000 people with household bill debts last year - up 140% since 2007.

But how does household debt affect the economy in general?

Ross Walker, Senior UK Economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland told BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up to Money that banks taking a "more cautious" approach to lending was one effect.