Month: May 2014

Brits less worried about personal debt

Almost 60 % of Britons are less worried about their personal debt than they were a year ago, according to new research from the consumer and business analysis group MindMetre. This seems to confirm government reports that debt has fallen relative to income for the first time since 2008. The report shows that compared to […]

When spending a penny gets expensive (and 5 other unpleasant UK taxes)

Using the loo is often referred to as ‘spending a penny’ but if you get caught short while out shopping and have to pay to use the public toilet it can cost a lot more than a penny. And if you’ve ever been irritated by having to pay to pee then spare a thought for […]

How is a credit file like a sandwich?

You’ll often see us refer to a credit report as a financial passport because it holds the financial information that lenders use to make a decision when you apply for credit. But we’re willing to bet that you’ve never thought of your credit report as a sandwich before though… This week is British Sandwich Week […]

Don’t let this love fool you – Romance Scams

The Beatles once sang that love is all you need but these days it tends to help if you have a computer too. Online dating has exploded in popularity over the last ten years and now it’s a worldwide social norm with 1 in 5 of all relationships globally now starting online. It’s also been […]

Stuck in the middle with the Sandwich Generation

It’s estimated that 23% of the UK population will be aged 65 or over by 2035, which means as a society we need to continue to focus on the health and happiness of Britain’s pensioners. However, at the same time, the pressures on the generation below – the children of Britain’s oldest citizens – are […]

New Online Mental Health Tool Revealed

Do you regularly lay awake in bed at night worrying about how you’re going to pay your bills? Or do you ever find that money worries are tiring you out so much that you haven’t got enough energy to get through the day? If this sounds like you or someone you love, then a new […]

4 Million scammed in the UK – Top Tips to spot a scam

Citizens Advice are warning that fraudsters are ‘picking the pockets’ of up to four million people each year in the UK. Fraud offences in England and Wales rose by 25% in 2013, compared to the previous year, with 207,252 cases reported to Action Fraud. But Citizens Advice has calculated that up to four million people […]

Watch out for the latest ticket scams!

It’s nearly festival season and with sporting events such as the World Cup and Commonwealth Games closing in on us, it can be tough to get hold of good tickets at a great price. While getting your hands on decent tickets is one thing, getting your hands on the real deal is another… The Association […]

Watch out for the Green deal scammers

Fraudsters are trying to use the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme Green Deal to con households out of their hard-earned cash. It’s reported that in some cases, scammers are getting away with up to £500. Citizens Advice have found that seven in 10 consumer queries they receive regarding the Green Deal are actually about scams. […]