Inflation rise: economic success or cost of living crisis?

News that UK inflation has edged higher was hailed as a sign of the improving economic outlook by the coalition and a sign of the cost of living crisis by the opposition. Who is right?

Investments | 18 Nov 2014

Households underestimate bills by £770

British households have underestimated their main household bills - council tax, gas, water and electricity - by an average of £770 in the past year, according to new research from Santander Current Accounts.

Utilities | 17 Nov 2014
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Scottish Power faces ban over customer service

Energy regulator Ofgem has ordered ScottishPower to overhaul its customer service or face suspension of sales activity.

Utilities | 14 Nov 2014
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INFOGRAPHIC: October energy snapshot

As the weather gets colder energy the energy market is heating up. See how many households switched to - or away from - your provider last month.

Utilities | 13 Nov 2014
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Fewer homes struggling, finds L&G survey

One in eight homes are still struggling to make ends meet, but the situation is improving, according to the latest Legal & General MoneyMood Survey.

Savings | 11 Nov 2014
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Sliding oil price: Winners and losers

As the oil price slides below $90 a barrel, who is likely to benefit?

Savings | 07 Nov 2014

More than half of Brits will ration heat this winter

Some 15m households – 57 per cent of Brits – plan to ration their energy use to reduce bills this winter, according to research by uSwitch.com.

Utilities | 06 Nov 2014

BLOG: Personal Finance Education counts more than ever for children

With so many people in the country experiencing major debt issues and leading individuals feeling that finance education can be part of the solution, the inclusion of the subject on the national curriculum is more justified now than ever.

Savings | 28 Oct 2014

Funding life goals can top £1m

The average cost of funding typical life goals including getting married, buying a home, having children and retirement is £877,000, finds the Lloyds Bank Family Savings report.

Savings | 15 Oct 2014

Tips for dealing with long-term care costs

Long-term care is a depressing subject and one that few want to contemplate. This extent of the unwillingness to address the problem was revealed this week in a survey by specialist insurer Partnership.

Utilities | 08 Oct 2014

Preparing your finances for rising interest rates

The defining feature of the post-Crisis economic environment has been low interest rates, but it is now coming to an end: How should investors prepare?

Mortgages | 07 Oct 2014
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A third of Brits squabble over the thermostat

If your household is warring over whether to turn on the heating, you’re not alone – a third of Brits have argued with the person they live with over the thermostat.

Utilities | 07 Oct 2014

Are small energy suppliers as bad as the Big Six?

Last week energy regulator Ofgem sent a series of scathing letters to big and small energy suppliers alike, criticising the entire industry for poor handling of customer complaints.

Utilities | 01 Oct 2014

Product launches of the week

The latest dual fuel tariff from npower is just one of the financial products to hit the market this week.

Investments | 26 Sep 2014

Consumer confidence hits new high

Consumer confidence has risen to a new high, according to the Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report for August.

Savings | 24 Sep 2014

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