Sarah Pennells is joined by Irina Iovita, Chief Operating Officer at Commuter Club, and Megan French, Consumer Writer from Moneysavingexpert, where they talk about how one can cut the costs of one's commute. Is it worth starting work later to save money on transport fairs? Do employers offer their staff season ticket loans? Sarah also discusses other alternative and efficient ways to get to travel to work.
Sarah Pennells looks at tax planning after it emerged that David Cameron's mother had given him £200,000, following the Panama Papers information leak. So when does tax planning go wrong? Emily Deane, from the The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, and Mike Hodges, from Saffrey Champness, look at how you can reduce your inheritance tax, the role of trusts and keeping money offshore.
How safe is your personal data online? This week Sarah Pennells looks at data privacy and how you can protect your personal details online and how just small tweaks to your personal settings can protect you from fraud or identity theft. She is joined in the studio by John Mitchison, Head of Preference at the Direct Marketing Association, and Tony Neate, Chief Executive at Get Safe Online website.
Ever been affected by a pension scam? Alan Higham, from Pensions Champ, Michelle Cracknell from the Pensions Advice Service and Rachael Badger, from the Citizens Advice Bureau talk to Sarah Pennells about cold calls and how to protect yourself from them.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Graeme McColgan of Million Plus Financial Planning, and Robin Williamson, the Technical Director of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, and over the phone by Mike Hodges of Saffery Champness, to discusses the end of year tax. Sarah and her guests discuss new tax announcements from The Budget, whether there are any tax advantages for married couples and what to do if you've missed your deadline for your income tax.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Jane King, an IFA at Ash-Ridge Private Finance, Adam Lake of Turn2Us, Tom Connor of Drewberry Insurance and over the phone by Alistair McQueen of Aviva, to discuss how to best protect your finances if you're self-employed and don't have the security of working for a large company or organisation. What are the benefits and drawbacks of being self-employed? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
Jane King, Adam Lake, Tom Connor, Alistair McQueen
Sarah Pennells talks about banking and accounts with guests Tashema Jackson of uSwitch, and Hannah Maundrell from money.co.uk, and Matt Saunders from GoCompare. Together they discuss whether it is possible to open a bank account if you have a history of debt, if you can open an account if you’ve moved to the UK from abroad and what the best accounts are if you’re constantly in your overdraft or similarly, always in credit.
Sarah Pennells spoke to Cap Gemini’s Alex Smith-Bingham to discuss young people’s lack of digital skills in the world of work. Sarah will look at how many young people did not have the level of digital skills their company wished for and this could lead them to miss out on future job opportunities. Sarah is also joined by Rachel Healy, this week’s Money Saving Expert. Topics in the programme include how to enrich one’s digital skills, where to find more information, whether any particular schemes offer them and which digital skills are the most sought after. Jordan Daykin, from GripIt Fixings, explains what skills he is looking for in young people from an employer’s perspective.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Rachael Saunders from Business In the Community, and over the phone by Michelle Cracknell of The Pensions Regulatory Service and Fiona Tait of Royal London. Sarah and her guests talk about working in retirement and setting up a small business whilst receiving your pension . Sarah and her guests discuss the practicalities of setting up a business in retirement, as well as looking at what the rules say about receiving your pension whilst still at work.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Alan Higham, founder of Pensions Champion, and Tina Weeks, founder of Serenity Financial Planning, to discuss the state pension, and look at what you will actually get if you're due to retire. Despite being called a flat rate or single tier pension, not everyone will necessarily get the same amount and far fewer women than men will qualify for the full figure of £155.65 a week. In the programme Sarah will be looking at who is entitled to the new state pension and the differences between the current and the new pension.