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Cost of utilities has risen at triple the rate of inflation over last 20 years

| November 10, 2017

10 Nov 2017 The cost of utilities has risen at almost triple the general rate of inflation for the typical UK household in the last 20 years, according to Tilney’s Household Inflation Index. The findings come as SSE and Npower announce their merger, following the government’s proposed crackdown on the soaring cost of energy bills. […]

New lettings app enables students to build a positive credit score

| November 8, 2017

08 Nov 2017  SPCE has launched today to address critical issues faced by university students and landlords in the rental market. The student lettings app,  makes it quick and easy for university-goers to find a room or entire property to rent, while also improving transparency and communication between a student renter and their landlord. The London-based startup […]

UK households gearing up to spend £3bn in Black Friday frenzy

| November 7, 2017

07 Nov 2017 New research, commissioned by GoCompare Credit Cards, estimates that UK consumers will spend billions of pounds on the Black Friday weekend, which starts on Friday 24 November and ends on Monday 27 November (Cyber Monday). Clicks beat bricks for shoppers Just under a third (31%) of UK households say they plan to check […]

Is the soaring cost of running a car creating a ‘car borrowing’ generation?

| November 7, 2017

06 Nov 2017  The soaring cost of running a car appears to be leading more drivers to become car borrowers and sharers, rather than car owners, according to pay-as-you-go insurer Cuvva. In the last year, the average UK insurance premium has risen by 14.6% – five times faster than inflation – while car prices rose […]

5 million over 50s plan to continue working after reaching retirement

| October 30, 2017

30 Oct 2017  Research on over 50s’ retirement plans has found that half  of people want to continue working in some form after reaching retirement. Of these people, 43% plan to switch to part-time work, while 6% do not think they will ever stop full-time work. Based on these findings, Retirement Advantage analysis shows that if half […]

Policy Expert warns homeowners of increased risk as clocks go back

| October 26, 2017

26 Oct 2017 As the clocks go back this weekend and the winter nights draw in, millions of homes could be left vulnerable to opportunistic thieves while their owners are working. According to a survey of almost 4,000 people by home insurer Policy Expert, 5% more workers are getting home later – past 6pm – […]

Independent Age launches Christmas Calculator

| October 23, 2017

23 Oct 2017  Independent Age, the older people’s charity, has just launched its first ever online Christmas Calculator to help older people and their families budget for Christmas. For older people on a fixed income, the festive season can be a difficult time of year. Many people want to be able to buy gifts for their […]

M&S to enter the mortgage market

| October 23, 2017

23 Oct 2017 M&S Bank has just announced that it plans to offer mortgages to personal customers from early 2018. Sue Fox, CEO of M&S Bank, said: “Since launching as a bank just five years ago, the M&S current accounts have proven incredibly popular with customers who want a transparent bank account, with no overdraft […]

Switch to contactless cards is hurting charities

| October 18, 2017

18 Oct 2017  The switch to contactless cards is costing charities with nearly two out of five adults admitting they give less to street collectors as they do not carry as much cash, new research from Consumer Intelligence shows. Its nationwide study found 37% who regularly donate money to charity collectors say they have cut back […]

6.4 million consumers have been targeted by fraudsters

| October 18, 2017

17 Oct 2017   New research commissioned by pension provider Phoenix shows consumers release personal data that may leave them vulnerable to fraudsters.  As a result of providing this personal data, the research found that 12% of consumers – up to 6.4 million people – have been targeted by fraudsters. Looking at how fraudsters obtain this […]