It's time for another session with Money Fight Club! This week, Georgie Frost is sparring with financial heavyweights Lindsay Cook and Anne Caborn on whether the housing market is spiralling out of control, or even broken. We also find out if we have become a nation of gamblers, and they enter the ring with modern day practises of debt collectors.
In our weekly technology section, Sophie Deen, founder of Bright Little Lab, joins Georgie in the studio, to discuss the biggest tech stories around. On the agenda, MPs have recommended that companies should be fined if they fail to guard against cyber-attacks, and home Wi-Fi will apparently get even better with the launch of the new BT Smart Hub, plus UberEATS is being tested in the centre of the capital, while Ministers want to increase the fixed penalty for mobile phone use from £100 to £150 as part of a crackdown on dangerous driving.
The European Central Bank’s stimulus programme is due to go to court in Germany. The country's influential Constitutional Court will deliver a final verdict on whether German law allows the ECB to deploy so-called "outright money transactions". Zsolt Darvas, Senior fellow at the economic think tank Bruegel, discussed the implications of this.
The pound and the FTSE soared on Monday as the ‘Remain’ camp wrestled back its lead in the polls. Ken Odeluga, Market Analyst at City Index, wrote: "Let’s face it, Britain’s economy and financial markets are going to be stuffed for a while, whichever way the referendum vote goes." Ken discussed his take on the market reaction with Sarah Lowther and Chris Bailey.
Hannah Maundrell, Editor in Chief and Head of Content at Money.co.uk, joins Georgie Frost in the studio today to discuss the biggest finance stories of the last 24 hours. On the agenda today, train strikes affecting both ends of the UK, Lidl has signed up to the National Farmers' Union's "fruit and veg pledge, Banks and charities are being urged to take more responsibility for vulnerable people who fall victim to scams, plus much more. Consuming Issues goes out every week day from 9 to 12 on Share Radio.
Your energy bills could be too high because the energy meter itself is faulty. New research shows that you could be charged up to £140 to get your meter tested. But some energy companies charge nothing at all. The website SavvyWoman.co.uk contacted eight of the major energy suppliers to find out what their costs and charges were and it found that while some suppliers charged nothing at all, others charged over £100. Sarah Pennells, founder and editor of SavvyWoman.co.uk, joined Sue Dougan in the studio.
Sara Benwell, digital editor of Pensions Insight and Engaged Investor, joins Sue Dougan in the studio today to discuss the biggest finance stories of the last 24 hours. On the agenda today, the CMA to publish its findings on energy companies, British companies are spending 20 times more on pension contributions for older workers than younger staff, 5 percent of us are now buying something on our phones every day, plus much more. Consuming Issues goes out every week day from 9 to 12 on Share Radio.
It’s World Productivity Day and Leesman, the largest measure of workplace effectiveness, can reveal the biggest workplace and productivity inhibitors, including noise, natural light, temperature, air quality, not having enough space, and even the provision of tea and coffee! Chris Moriarty, Director of Leesman, joined to discuss the findings.
Majestic Wine’s retail business Managing Director, John Colley, and Group Chief Financial Officer, James Crawford, joined Nigel Cassidy and Louise Cooper to discuss their company’s full year results to March 2016. After the recent acquisition of Naked Wines, how did the pair assess the performance and what does the future hold?