Surviving in the UK

  • LOW INCOME FAMILIES IN THE UK STRUGGLING TO PAY ENERGY BILLS

    Ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day this Friday, which aims to raise awareness of the support available for those in fuel poverty, research from uSwitch shows the harsh reality of fuel poverty as millions of households in the UK will be forced to choose between heating and eating…[Read more]

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  • MORE THAN HALF OF SHOPPERS MADE IMPULSE PURCHASES DURING LAST YEAR’S BLACK FRIDAY SALES AND 80% WENT OVER THEIR BUDGETS

    A third of consumers plan to spend more than £300 during this year’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales

    Eight in ten shoppers exceeded their budgets last year, spending on average £219.59
    Tech and electrical goods are the…[Read more]

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  • Over a quarter of Brits do not know their PIN number by heart

    29% say they do not know their bank card PIN by heart
    But one in every five contactless card transactions is now blocked, requiring the card owner to enter their PIN
    Just 5% identify their pension pot as an important number to know – the same percentage that said their lottery n…[Read more]

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  • Will the 14 million Britons in poverty continue to be neglected throughout the general election campaign?

    The calling of a general election on December 12th will provide the electorate with an opportunity to change the face of a parliament that leading Government ministers are calling “dead”. There are however, more poignant stakes at play,…[Read more]

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  • Unexpected payments cost Brits £17 BILLION every year.

    Unexpected payments cost Brits £17 BILLION every year.

    And one in five were left in debt after an unexpected bill, with a tenth having to move back in with their parents because they couldn’t afford to pay for their home.

    John Pears, UK managing director of Lowell, whi…[Read more]

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  • Global economy on the turn?

    By Rupert Thompson, Head of Research at Kingswood

    There are, however, two important provisos to bear in mind. The first is that, although global equity prices may be unchanged, investors will have received a dividend yield of around 2.5% pa. Second, currency movements are crucial for UK investors and, far from…[Read more]

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  • MORE THAN 200,000 PENALTY CHARGE NOTICES (PCNs) HAVE BEEN

    ISSUED SINCE ULTRA LOW EMISSIONS ZONE (ULEZ) WAS LAUNCHED IN LONDON… AND

    ONE DRIVER HAS RACKED UP 81 TICKETS IN FIVE MONTHS

    FOI request reveals more than 2,000,000 drivers have paid the ULEZ charge
    Over 30,000 drivers have received more than one PCN for non-payment of the ULEZ charge…[Read more]

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  • The demise of QuickQuid amplifies the need for stronger lending markets such as peer-to-peer

    With a failing peer-to-peer market too, where do the 10.5 million Brits in their worst financial position turn to?

    Dr Roger Gewolb, Executive Chairman and Founder of FairMoney.com, comments on the availability of fair finance in the UK

    Dear Steven,…[Read more]

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  • Following reports of payday lender QuickQuid’s imminent collapse, the following comment from Peter Briffett, co-founder and CEO of the income streaming app Wagestream, may be of interest:

    “This is another nail in the coffin of the payday loans industry and a fantastic day for consumers.

    “Those under financial pressure are better informed and…[Read more]

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  • DRIVERS THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BUY USED CARS OVER NEW ONES, AA CARS DATA REVEALS

    Drivers are now three times as likely to buy a used car over a new model
    The best-selling cars of all are ‘nearly new’ vehicles under three years old
    Second hand market boosted by surge in supply of former lease and finance vehicles
    London, 24 October 2019 – M…[Read more]

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  • Passwords the weakest link as GCHQ prevents 1 million hacks

    Following the NCSC 2019 report revealing it reported more than 1 million stolen credit cards to banks, and prevented more than 177,000 malicious phishing attacks that attempted to trick people into handing over their passwords this year, Jason Tooley, board member at techUK and Chief…[Read more]

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  • Over 2.5 million households receive inaccurate utility bills

    More than 2.5 million households are being unfairly charged for their utilities it has been revealed, after new research found that over 9% of customers received inaccurate bills in the last year.

    The figures are highlighted in The Secrets of Better Billing, a study commissioned by…[Read more]

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  • There has never been a better time for businesses to evaluate their green credentials. The pressure is mounting on all of us, from homeowners to corporate CEOs to start making changes to our lives in a bid to be more sustainable, and for SME and businesses, renewable energy could be an easy option – and can even create profit.

    Here Opus Energy,…[Read more]

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  • Rare works on ethics, South Sea Bubble, Wall St Crash, Economics, Finance and Early Works by Women

    Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Its latest catalogue Money & Markets, contains 200 rare books, prints and manuscripts on banking, finance, political economy and speculation i…[Read more]

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  • Following the Bank of England Q3 Credit Conditions report published this morning, the comments from Michael Biemann, CEO of the digital property lender, Selina Finance, may be of interest:

    “It’s a concern that default rates on credit cards and loans rose in the third quarter, and equally worrying that lenders expect even more people to sta…[Read more]

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  • POSH POWER: THE LONDON BOROUGH OF WESTMINSTER HAS MORE ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING POINTS THAN ANY OTHER UK AREA

    ● An FOI request reveals that Westminster has the highest concentration of EV charging points with 1.47 per 1000 population

    ● Bexley is the only London borough with no public charging points

    ● Milton Keynes has the highe…[Read more]

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  • FCA announcement to crackdown on car financing

    Alex Buttle, director of car selling comparison website Motorway.co.uk, says:

    “The FCA’s decision to crackdown on how dealers make commission from car finance is timely, but the worry is that some dealers will simply move customer costs onto another part of the transaction.

    “If dealers can’t mak…[Read more]

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  • Brits waste BILLIONS of unused foreign currency after summer holidays

    An average £90 in excess currency is brought back from EACH trip, but what are we spending it on?

    How far could our unused foreign currency get us this half-term?

    WeSwap, the world’s first peer-to-peer travel money, provider has conducted nationally representative re…[Read more]

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  • The UK’s most-forged bank note gets a new design

    However, is Britain on its way to becoming a cashless society?

    Cash vs Card – WeSwap reveals which is KING in these popular holiday destinations

    The new design of Britain’s most common, and most forged, banknote has been unveiled by the Bank of England. The most commonly circulating ban…[Read more]

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  • “The sighs of relief from Downing Street could be heard as far away as the City.

    Samuel Fuller, Director of Financial Markets Online, commented:

    “Against all expectations, the UK is on course to dodge a recessionary bullet. Barring a vertiginous plunge in September’s figures, Britain’s economy now looks set to post some growth in the third q…[Read more]

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