This week Georgie Frost is joined by product researcher Adam Williams and web manager Gary Adams to look through the top financial stories from the Moneywise magazine. This week they look at the new addition to the Isa family, the Lisa. What are the pros and cons and will your bank even be able to offer you one? Plus find out if there're any savings accounts left capable to beating inflation and why Waitrose is leaving many customers disappointed.
It's just over a month until the launch of the government's tax-free childcare scheme, which will give parents up to £2,000 towards the cost of their childcare. The scheme will go live on April 28th and will be available initially for parents with the youngest children. Meanwhile later this year, the amount of free childcare that parents will be able to get will increase to 30 hours a week in termtime compared to the current limit of 15 hours a week. So, how can you find the childcare that's right for you and your budget and how do you apply for the new tax-free childcare? This week Sarah Pennells is joined by Lynn James who's the founder of money blog Mrs Mummypenny and Chris Davis, head of the Customer engagement team at HM Revenue and Customs.
ParentPay is an online platform that allows parents to pay online for school activities, lunches, after school clubs, and more. They have helped over 2 million parents pay school bills safely and quickly since their launch. Linda heads down to meet Chief Executive Clint Wilson, to find out how the business works and what's next for them.
Welcome to the This is Money and Share Radio podcast, presented in partnership with NS&I. This week of course the top financial story was Philip Hammond’s first, and indeed last, Autumn Statement. Just what state are the country’s post-Brexit finances in, and crucially what would the Chancellor offer to help his much referenced ‘Jams’? In the end those ‘just about managing’ certainly received a few headline policies but with predictions pointing towards low growth, high borrowing and high inflation many argue Jam spending has been spread too thin. There were also some losers with those enjoying salary sacrifice perks and letting agents coming into the crosshairs, as well as in fact the Autumn Statement itself which will now be scrapped. So what will all this mean for the pound in your pocket? Georgie Frost joins editor Simon Lambert and reporter Becky Rutt to answer just that. Also on the agenda this week they discuss Black Friday and for a slightly different purchase the opportunity to buy a road legal Formula 1 car. This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost in partnership with NS&I.
Personal finance writer Sam McFaul talks us through the suffering of students - as graduates are overpaying their loan. We find out how they can claims it back or even prevent it from happening in the first place. Plus, if you have a Nectar Card, you are in luck as their are some pretty sweet deals out their. And as ever we'll have a roundup of the latest and best deals the team have come across this week.
Ed Bowsher is joined by Hannah Maundrell, editor of money.co.uk. Today they discuss the latest figures for retail spending as well as looking at a new government scheme to safeguard members of failed pension funds. Plus why parents are increasingly struggling to put aside savings for their children. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Once again it's time for this week's edition of Moneywise. On this week's episode writer Tom Wilson and editor Moira O'Neil join Sue Dougan in the studio. They start off looking at the cost of university with the average student starting this autumn estimated to end up with over £50,000 worth of debt by the time they graduate. Sticking with young people they also look at the cost of raising a child, now estimated to be around £230,000. Plus the latest polls and deals from across the week.
Welcome to This is Money, presented in partnership with NS&I. On this episode we're seeing the quicksand deepening for savers, as another base rate cut looms, and savings rates plummet through the floor. Bad news especially those under 30, the so-called Millenials or YOLO Generation. But is it their fault they know so little about money, and have even less hope for the future? We'll also be looking at some spare change that could bring you a mint, critical illness insruance that doesn't necessarily cover you for critical illnesses, and the greatest weapon in the fight against scammers: Information.
This is Money is presented by Georgie Frost, in partnership with NS&I
Young people today live in a world of opportunity, but with that comes lots of decisions about money and finances. It is crucial they learn how to make good financial choices which is crucial to them attaining and keeping the life they want. Jason Butler answered all the questions, including three vox-pop questions from the public, and David Van Egghen, a student, putting quizzing him on all things money and university.
If your son or daughter is planning to go to university in the autumn, are you planning on how you'll help them pay for it? Are you going to be supporting them with help towards their rental costs or will you be paying some of their bills? And if you're off to university, are you wondering how much debt you'll leave with? Sarah Pennells is joined by Annie O'Leary from the parenting website Netmums, Jane King who's from Ash-ridge financial planning and James Seymour who's from the Complete University Guide.