A quarter of Brits admit to worry about having power cuts and being left without electricity for hours or even days. And many fears have been realised in recent years with the high number of storms and flooding this country has been battered by. The Energy Network Association have come up with an idea to help - the 105 number. To find out more, our reporter Dan Goldsmith spoke to Tony Glover, director of policy at the Energy Network Association.
Have you written a will? If not and you have dependent children, then you are part of the half of British parents who have not made a will. A study, found that half of mums and dads have not prepared this vital piece of paperwork. That's why this month is Will Aid a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK's best-loved charities. For more information, Georgie spoke to Solicitor Lesley Morgan, founder and director law firm AAG Legal Services.
Georgie Frost is joined in the studio by Russell Quirk, CEO of eMoov estate agents. Today they discuss the big story of the day from the high street, that Marks and Spencer close about 60 clothing and home stores over the next five years as part of plans to turn around the business. Elsewhere, it's bad news for the government as The UK's public finances are expected to worsen by 25 billion pounds by the end of the decade. But it's good news for Tesco Bank customers after a bad weekend, as they will get there money back by the end of the day. All these stories and more on The News Review.
The latest consumer spend data from Barclaycard shows that spending growth hit 5.5% in October. But the data also reveals that consumer confidence in the UK economy dropped from a record high level in September, with only a third of people feeling confident in the UK economy. Paul Lockstone, Managing Director at Barclaycard, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the data.
Theresa May continues her visit to India, but it seems an attempt to strengthen relations between the two nations post-EU referendum has been mired by issues. Tech was in focus as May and Modi spoke at the Indo-UK Tech Summit, but the two leaders have also butted heads over immigration and student visa concerns. Matt Cox spoke to Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics, to find out more.
The number of workers taking claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination to employment tribunals has slumped since charges came into force. That's according to trade body, TUC. The group says the number of workers filing such cases had fallen from 16,000 a month to 7,000 since the fees were introduced in 2013. This included a large reduction in cases on sexism, racism and disability. To find out more, Sue Dougan spoke to Ed Stacey, Head of Employment at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
What causes you to get stressed? Running late, traffic jams and health problems mean Brits spend two hours and 11 minutes of every day feeling stressed. That amounts to more than 15 hours a week, 33 days of each year and six months over the average adult lifetime. But just how bad is stress for our health? To find out, Sue Dougan spoke to Alison Cullen, nutritional therapist and education manager for A.Vogel.
New research found modern day financial pressures are forcing people of all ages to risk their future by putting pension saving on the back burner. It found that nearly a quarter of under-40s don't save into a pension due to debts. To find out more about this worrying report, our reporter, Tom Hill, spoke to Vince Smith Hughes, retirement expert at Prudential.
Sue Dougan is joined in the studio by Hannah Maundrell, editor in chief of money.co.uk. Today they discuss the big story of the day, that we owe an average of £30,000 each in household debt, mainly built up through mortgages and credit debt. Elsewhere, it's bad news for customers with Tesco Bank, as the firm had to halt online payments for current account holders after thousands were affected by fraudsters. Plus, an overhaul of the power grid system in the UK could save you £90 a year. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, presented in partnership with NS&I. This week all eyes have been on the unreliable boyfriend of banking Mark Carney. Just days after committing to another year in the job the Governor of the Bank of England was thrust into the limelight again for Super Thursday. Meanwhile the High Court ruled parliament must be given a vote on triggering Article 50 casting further speculation on Brexit, and indeed Carney’s role in overseeing it. At any rate the Bank of England’s forecasts did not make for easy listening. Despite some hints of future growth interest rates are set to remain at rock bottom whilst inflation is set to soar leaving many to question just where they can safely invest their money. Editor Simon Lambert and Deputy Editor Adrian Lowrey join Georgie Frost this week to work out what’s on offer also weighing up alternatives such as overpaying the mortgage and investing in premium bonds, which celebrate their 60th birthday this week. Also on this week’s show they look at calls for a Government crackdown on cold calling and the prospect of a post-work economy thanks to the rise of robots and automation. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.