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After months of nail biting and gloomy speculation it’s definite. The Government is axing funding from the Financial Inclusion Fund for specialist debt advisers in England and Wales. The timing is impeccable. There are queues outside any organisation that offers debt advice. Demand is higher than it’s ever been. The Money Advice Trust expects requests for help to reach a record 1.6 million this year.
The EU Consumer Credit Directive comes into effect in the UK today (1st Feb 2011).
Girls have fallen under Hermione Granger’s spell and just like Emma Watson are the highest young earners.
With less than six months to go until the closure of the Cheque Guarantee Card Scheme, new research shows that 4 out of 10 people are still unaware that the Scheme will be closing on 30th June this year
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Bank customers less loyal

Customers in the UK are less loyal to their banks than in recent years, due in part to perceptions that banks are more interested in profits than their customers’ best interests
(30-11-2010)

SHOPPERS SPEND EIGHTH OF WEEKLY GROCERY SHOP ON ALCOHOL PRE-XMAS

We're getting into the festive spirit by stocking up on food and drinks for the family season – but shoppers beware!
(30-11-2010)

WOMEN BEING MISADVISED ON PENSION AGE

Saga is warning that many women are being misinformed by the Department of Work and Pensions about their expected retirement age.
(30-11-2010)

We want new banks.

1 in 3 consumers would like more banks to choose from on the high street
(29-11-2010)

Letting your home? Read on!

 The recession and subsequent housing market decline has created a wave of ‘reluctant landlords’ – homeowners who have to let out their property because they cannot sell it.
(26-11-2010)

Risks to cutting insurance cover

Homeowners, travellers and motorists could be putting themselves at financial risk by cutting out or reducing key areas of insurance cover that protect them in the event of fire, flood, theft or an accident.
(22-11-2010)

Household finances worsening.

 Public sector workers are the most pessimistic about the outlook since the survey began.
(22-11-2010)

LOAN APATHY COSTS US DEAR

By sticking with current account providers and failing to get several quotes we end up paying hundreds of pounds more for our loans than we need to.
(22-11-2010)

Save £67million sending Christmas greetings second class

Consumers could potentially save a whopping £67.5million this Christmas if they send all their greetings cards by second class post instead of first class, says Consumer Focus.
(22-11-2010)

HOW SAFE IS YOUR HOME INSURANCE?

 Millions of home owners risk losing their cover because of mistakes in their applications 
(20-11-2010)

How to be savvy when doing your Christmas shopping

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) wants shoppers to remember their consumer rights when buying Christmas presents this year.
(20-11-2010)

MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION ARE STILL PAYING FOR LAST CHRISTMAS

More then half of adults will use credit cards to pay for spending this Christmas.
(20-11-2010)

Not many happy returns for Brits

Christmas shoppers need to check returns policies and keep receipts when buying presents.
(15-11-2010)

Banking and mental health problems

New plain-English guides to ensure people lacking mental capacity get the banking services they need have been published by the British Bankers’ Association.
(11-11-2010)

News from Which?

Card fees and Pet insurance
(01-11-2010)
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