Energy price rises are not exactly news. However, for… You’re reading the blog post Switch away from the Big 6 energy companies to save money that was written by and first published on Getting Loans and Credit & Managing Money.
According to the Chancellor Phillip Hammond, the UK economy… You’re reading the blog post Brits attitudes towards spending now on big ticket items that was written by and first published on Money Saving Matters – Blog about Loans, Credit & Finance.
We re big advocates or people improving their knowledge of financial matters. And the typical level of knowledge is very poor. We ve blogged about this issue before see the related stories below but the reality is that most people are ill-prepared for most of life s major financial decisions. Credit has become so readily available in the last few decades that we hardly give it a second thought. But given that the average indebtedness is around £10,000 per head, that millions of Brits have little if any savings, and millions more have a bad credit rating or serious debt problems there is clearly a need for some light to be shed on the realities of credit. In an attempt to contribute to improving people s knowledge we ve launched a new podcast that we re calling Money Matters and yes this does have at least two meanings. You can find our new personal finance podcast here, or access immediately from the podcast player below. You can also find it on iTunes (search Solution Loans or visit
Charity begins at home and in the UK we’re keen givers to great causes. According to statistics from the UK branch of the National Philanthropic Trust 61% of people donated to charity last year. Online giving increased in 2016 by more than 7% compared to the year before, with a fairly equal split in charitable causes between medical research, animal welfare and children or young people’s charities. How big is the UK charity sector? At the end of 2016, data from the Charity Register indicated that there were around 167,100 charities in England and Wales. In 2015 – 2016 the UK voluntary sector as a whole received £7.6 billion in legacies, gifts and donations. So, in many ways, charities have become big business in the UK. Inevitably that has led to a few situations where money kindly donated has not made it to the right places. The founder of a breast cancer charity the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline – for example, employed her daughter using charitable cash, and in