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The GuardianConcern for vulnerable grows as those on lifeline benefit face 'second mortgage'The GuardianWith income support and carer's allowance, he receives £108 a week, meaning that the chances of paying his mortgage every month is remote. There is some relief, in that he receives the Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) benefit, a payment which has ...
The Guardian'People just don't carry cash nowadays': how Britons are adapting to cashless worldThe GuardianThe transaction costs for credit cards are the worst: it's 2.5%, but even debit cards aren't free and would mean that we would lose all profit on some of the lower cost items in the cafe. We have lots of regular customers for whom a few extra pence on ...
The GuardianRevealed: Cash eclipsed as Britain turns to digital paymentsThe GuardianBritain will move beyond “peak cash” this year, according to data gathered by the Guardian that suggests notes and coins are rapidly being supplanted as the favoured payment method, particularly in cities. Debit cards are set to overtake cash as the ...
Renters £27000 worse offmoneyfacts.co.ukIt's increased by 44% over the last year alone, with buying more financially attractive than renting throughout the UK. Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax, said that the increased gap was "primarily driven by a reduction in mortgage rates and ...and more »
BBC NewsTuition fees: Five myths bustedBBC NewsTheresa May is launching an independent review of tuition fees to ask whether there is sufficient value for money for students at UK universities. Almost all courses are charged at the maximum £9,250 per year in England, although that differs in ...and more »
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More than 360000 customers upgrade to Monzo's current account but does it beat rival digital-only accounts? - This is Money

More than 360000 customers upgrade to Monzo's current account but does it beat rival digital-only accounts?This is MoneyThere is a handful of new companies offering prepaid cards or accounts which look and act in much the same way as a traditional current account. This is Money has written about some in the past including Loot and U, but Revolut is one of the best known ...
(12-02-2018)

Government spends £100000000 on trying not to give disability benefits - Metro

MetroGovernment spends £100000000 on trying not to give disability benefitsMetroTory peer Baroness Altmann, a former minister at DWP, said the money could be spent on benefits for those who need them, rather than on the costs of fighting claims. 'Disability benefits need an overhaul and, of course, we must not let people make ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

DWP spent £100m on disability benefit appeals, figures reveal - The Guardian

The GuardianDWP spent £100m on disability benefit appeals, figures revealThe GuardianFrank Field's select committee claims it was not given details about costs for an inquiry into PIP and ESA. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has spent more than £100m in just over two years on administering ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

Monday 12 February 2018 - The Week UK

Monday 12 February 2018The Week UKOverall UK consumer spending fell in January for the first time in five years, according to Visa. The credit card company's UK spending index showed a year-on-year drop of 1.2% last month, due to a fall in high street shopping and spending on transport ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

Interest rate rise would hit millions in UK who depend on cheap ... - The Guardian

The GuardianInterest rate rise would hit millions in UK who depend on cheap ...The GuardianAlmost half of low-income families are believed to be in debt distress already.and more »
(12-02-2018)

Interest rate rise would hit millions in UK who depend on cheap credit - The Guardian

The GuardianInterest rate rise would hit millions in UK who depend on cheap creditThe Guardian... said the strength of the economy warranted higher borrowing costs. He cited rising average wages and resilient GDP growth as reasons to begin pushing interest rates from the historically low level of 0.5%. But a study by the foundation showed the ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

Why did easyJet cancel our booking … but fail to tell us? - The Guardian

The GuardianWhy did easyJet cancel our booking … but fail to tell us?The GuardianThe day before her travel I noticed, by chance, that the money had been refunded to the credit card and I became suspicious. The easyJet website showed no booking. The airline told us, via online chat, that the financial team had cancelled the ticket ...
(12-02-2018)

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017 | Money | The Guardian - The Guardian

The GuardianUK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017 | Money | The GuardianThe GuardianRents double in a decade and could eclipse entire sum paid for mortgages by homeowners.How to get on the property ladder: Early steps to get started after ...Mirror.co.ukall 17 news articles »
(12-02-2018)

UK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017 - The Guardian

The GuardianUK tenants paid record £50bn in rents in 2017The GuardianThe total amount of rent paid by tenants in Britain soared to more than £50bn in 2017, more than double the level of a decade ago, and may soon eclipse the entire sum paid out by homeowners for their mortgages. The figures, compiled by the UK's biggest ...How to get on the property ladder: Early steps to get started after Brits spent £51billion on private rent last yearMirror.co.ukall 19 news articles »
(12-02-2018)

The mortgage time bomb: what interest-only borrowers need to know - NW Evening Mail

lovemoney.comThe mortgage time bomb: what interest-only borrowers need to knowNW Evening MailNearly one in five mortgage customers have an interest-only home loan, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which is urging people with this type of deal to talk to their lender. So what are the issues with these deals, and where can you ...Opinion: mortgage timebomb is going to go off – and it's not just lenders' faultlovemoney.comall 2 news articles »
(12-02-2018)

Bank lending in spotlight as Australian inquiry begins - Reuters

ReutersBank lending in spotlight as Australian inquiry beginsReutersMortgages are Australian banks' most lucrative money-spinners. The four major lenders - Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, National Australia Bank, and Westpac Banking Corp - hold about 80 percent of the ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension - Letting Agent Today

Letting Agent TodayCrooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pensionLetting Agent Today“And if Mr Baker comes into money in the future there is a potential to revisit the assets.” Baker was given 20 months in jail, suspended for two years at the original sentencing. He was also told to do 160 of unpaid work. He admitted nine offences of ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

UK Consumer Spending Stays in the Doldrums in January: Visa - U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World ReportUK Consumer Spending Stays in the Doldrums in January: VisaU.S. News & World ReportA woman walks past a discount shop in Leicester, central England, January 8, 2013. EUTERS/Darren Staples Reuters. LONDON (Reuters) - British shoppers spent less last month than the year before, causing spending in January to fall for the first time ...and more »
(12-02-2018)

DWP spent £100m on disability benefit appeals, figures reveal ... - The Guardian

The GuardianDWP spent £100m on disability benefit appeals, figures reveal ...The GuardianData for two-year period shows something is 'seriously wrong', says former Tory minister.Government spends £100000000 on trying not to give disability benefitsMetroall 2 news articles »
(12-02-2018)

UK consumer spending stays in the doldrums in January - Visa - London South East (blog)

UK consumer spending stays in the doldrums in January - VisaLondon South East (blog)Visa, whose debit and credit cards are used for a third of payments in Britain, said on Monday that consumers stayed away from the traditional post-Christmas sales last month. Household spending fell by 1.2 percent in January compared with the same ...and more »
(12-02-2018)
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