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December’s debt and money news

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It’s time for our usual round-up of the latest debt and money news! Since our last update, there’s been plenty going on, including the Government’s Autumn statement. We’ve looked at in detail to see how you’ll be better, or worse off when the changes kick in.

But that’s not all; we’ve also heard some alarming news regarding some payday lenders who may have been targeting the homeless.  There’s a call from our friends at Moneysavingexpert.com to fix your utility bills NOW, and an inspiring story about how one woman reduced her spending dramatically and changed her outlook on life in one year…

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Debt and money news – August 2016

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August is often referred to as the ’silly season’ for news stories, where the papers are full of whimsical stories.

That hasn’t stopped this month also being jam-packed full of goings-on in the world of debt and money news. Continue reading »

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How Brexit could affect your finances if you’re in debt

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The people of the UK have spoken and have decided that we should leave the EU. There are endless articles online about the political ins and outs, arguing one side against the other. We’re going to sidestep the debate and instead investigate the practical implications of Brexit on your finances.

The short answer to how Brexit will affect the majority of people is this: things will probably carry on as normal, in the short term at least.

The long answer is a bit more complex…

The key thing to note is that very little has changed since the vote to leave the EU and it’s still too early to see what the long term impact of Brexit will be.

We do have a slightly better idea about where the potential changes to your finances could occur, based on short term predictions of the economy. So let’s take a look at the different areas that Brexit could affect you, and how soon these changes could happen. Continue reading »

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Debt and money news – December 2015

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Do you read the small print when taking out financial products? A report has found that it’s costing us all £428 each year. Remember when smart energy meters were set to make our lives easier? Apparently they could leave us worse off.

Don’t worry though – it’s not all doom and gloom. The drop in oil prices has sparked a petrol price war at the pumps, set to continue into the New Year. We’ve also got the best free ways to track Santa as he delivers presents around the world this Christmas, and news of a new phone scam affecting Brits. Time to find out more…

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Debt and money news – November 2015

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Welcome to November’s debt and money news, your one-stop-shop for all the latest goings-on in the world of finances. This month’s installment covers wages going up, payday loan refunds, George Osborne’s autumn statement, our new service in Ireland, Black Friday scuffles and this year’s most wanted toys.

As a special bonus, if you make it to the end there’s a link to a video that will show you how to make your own Tracy Island! Continue reading »

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March’s top debt and money news stories

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March 2015 debt news

It’s been a busy month for debt news, not least the staggering 372% jump in council tax arrears our clients have seen over the last five years.

And in other news, unions have warned that wages have plummeted in Scotland over the last six years, at a rate not seen since the 19th century.

It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) plans to scrap automatic fines of £100 for late tax returns, which will come as a relief for many self-employed people.

Read more in this month’s round up…

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Preparing for interest rate rises [infographic]

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With plenty of talk about interest rates going up in the near future, it’s important to know what steps you can take to prevent any increases in your mortgage payments tipping your finances over the edge.

We recently covered the basics of mortgage interest rate rises, telling you how this could affect you or your debt solution and tips on preparing for the changes.

And now research from the Money Advice Service (MAS) has found that almost half of households (47%) in the UK would struggle to cover their mortgage payments if there was a rise in interest rates.

To help explain things clearly and offer ways to save money, they’ve put together a helpful graphic to explain what could happen if the rates increased.

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