One in five scared of opening post in case it's a bill

New research has found that almost one in five people don't like to open their post if they believe it's a bill or late payment reminder.

According to, shocking research from charity Shelter has also revealed that one in eight put their post in the bin without even opening it if they think it's a bill.

Families are the worst affected, with 70 per cent of those with children responding that they are struggling financially more than they have previously. In comparison, 63 per cent of the general population believe they're struggling more.

One in eleven people are concerned they may not be able to afford to pay the rent or their mortgage this month and the charity has warned that many could face losing their homes as a result, reports

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said a number of costs are contributing to many families' struggles.

“It is a worrying sign of the times that so many of us are starting the new year worried about how they will pay their rent or mortgage in 2014,” he commented.

“Despite recent discussion of an economic recovery, we know that a combination of high housing costs, wage freezes and rising food and energy bills has created a nightmare scenario for many families that is pushing them to a breaking point.”