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Loan charges: Skype chats on the cards for Brits this Christmas

The high cost of travelling is leaving many Brits having to catch up with their friends and family using technology this Christmas, according to a new report.

Comparison site Gocompare.com found that a fifth of Brits (22 per cent) are neglecting a face-to-face get-together with their loved ones due to the high cost of fuel.

Some 18 per cent will instead using technology such as Skype and Facetime to wish people Merry Christmas who they would have otherwise travelled to see, which should leave more money after the Christmas period to cover any credit card charges.

More than half (52 per cent) of Britons feel that owning and running a car was an activity that only someone reasonably rich could afford, with a third (29 per cent) concerned that their children may not be able to cope with the high costs of driving when they come of age.

Over two-thirds believe the government should do more to bring down the costs of having a car.

"Christmas is traditionally a time for catching up with friends and family but it seems that the cost of fuel will keep many Brits at home this year," said Scott Kelly, Gocompare.com's head of motor services.

Jennifer Haines

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