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Credit card charges: Quarter of consumers in relationships keep secret bank account

A large number of Brits may have to pay credit card charges that their partner is not aware of, as new research shows that a quarter of people in relationships have a bank account their partner does not know about.

The research by Nationwide also revealed that over half (53 per cent) of couples do not pay their salary into a joint account, despite honesty and trust being regarded as the most important factors in a relationship.

John Crossley, head of current accounts at Nationwide, said: "It may seem surprising that, in this day and age, most couples are not pooling resources in a joint current account and appear to be keeping accounts secret from one another.

"This could be a deliberate attempt to hide their financial affairs from their partners, or more likely, symptomatic of a lack of financial organisation."

Findings also revealed that people believe getting married and moving in with a partner are the key times to renew current account arrangements.

Jennifer Haines

Jennifer's speciality knowledge is credit card changes and balance transfers.

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