What's the best way to add value to your home? Adding an extension? Installing central heating? Or simply fixing any structural problems? Sarah is joined by experts Russell Quirk, from the online estate agency eMoov, Kate Faulkner, property expert who runs the Property Checklist, and Michael Holmes, from Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, to find out, and to share tips on adding value to your property without spending a fortune.
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 discusses Free Wills Month, a time where charities offer members of the public over the age of 55 an opportunity to have their will written for free by a participating solicitor. This initiative allows people to make a will in an easy and quick way, without the difficult decisions and legal complications. Sarah talks to Lee Dowling, from EA law Solicitors, Richard Millar from Free Wills Month organisation and John Bunker, from Thomas Eggar solicitors, on how this can benefit the public and whether there are any hidden costs to look out for.
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 is joined by Ben Wilson from Go Compare, Lorna Eachus of Direct Line and Graeme Trudgill of BIBA, to answer our listeners's tough questions on home insurance. Sarah and her guests will be sharing tips on how to make sure you're only paying for what you need with your home insurance policy, and whether sticking with one policy provider can save you money compared to switching. Sarah will also discuss Flood Insurance and the type of properties are will be covered.
Sarah Pennells is joined by Sean Tipton, Business Development Manager at ABTA (The Travel Association), and Charles Gulland, owner of Wigwam Holidays, where they discuss Easter holidays and spring breaks, as well as answering our all important listeners questions on things like insurance packages and when to get the best deals. Our Share Radio Producer Matthew Cook spoke to Lonely Planet writer, David Else, to find out the best time to go away for the Easter holidays, and book that all important break.
Ask Sarah with Sarah Pennells, talking to Richard Blanco, Landlord Developer and London representative for the National Landlords Association, Merryn Somerset Webb, Editor in chief of Moneyweek Magazine, and David Lawrenson, founder of lettingfocus.com, about changes to buy-to-let property and whether it's a good idea to invest now. First Broadcast 13/02/16
Richard Blanco, Merryn Somerset Webb, David Lawrenson
On 1st October 2015, new legislation to protect and clarify consumer rights comes into force. Sarah is joined in the studio by James Walker, CEO of Resolver, and Martyn James from the Financial Ombudsman's Service, to answer your questions about consumer rights, what they are, and how they apply in different situations.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by money experts Frank Van Lerven from Positive Money, and on the phone with Steve Keen from Kingston University and Chris Skinner from the Financial Services Club to ask the question just what is money? From Bitcoin, to where money comes from, Sarah and her guests answer your questions live only on Ask Sarah.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Martin Grombridge from the London Capital Credit Union, and on the phone with Laura Mostaghimi from National Debt Line and Richard Griffiths of the Consumer Finance Association to answer your questions about payday loans.
Martin Grombridge, Laura Mostaghimi, Richard Griffiths