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[ 14 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]

Watch our video where personal finance expert Harry Wallop gives his top five tips on how to save on every day and big ticket items with a few simple but effective tricks of the trade with research showing Brits are not as savvy as they think they are
Thanks to online shopping, discount sites such as Groupon, price comparison sites and retailers offering sales on an almost daily basis, paying full price for goods and services should be the exception not the rule.
But while according to new research released today by …

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[ 25 May 2016 | No Comment ]

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that almost half (48%) of low income households are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to. This is despite the fact that a huge 87% of this group have seen no improvement to their financial situation over the last year.
The findings uncover some of the reasons why these low income households may not be claiming this support. Of those with children, two-fifths (40%) said they had been deterred from checking or claiming potential benefits entitlements …

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[ 20 Nov 2014 | No Comment ]

New research from Turn2us, part of the national charity Elizabeth Finn Care, has revealed a stark lack of awareness of the support available through charitable grants amongst families in financial hardship, and the measures they are taking before seeking help.
Over two-thirds (68%) of Turn2us website users with children said they were completely unaware of charitable grants before finding out about this help through Turn2us. Worryingly, almost a third (32%) had been struggling financially for over a year before checking what support could be available to them.
As a result of their …

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[ 30 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]

Do you think your bank is offering you all the benefits you need? Are you getting a decent rate of interest on your current account? And do you know how a cash ISA can help you keep more of the interest that you earn?
We recently switched back accounts after 18 years with the same bank and it is really paying off. Read on to find out how you could switch and gain £ each month.
1.Switching bank accounts is much easier than it used to be. Shop around for a good deal. …

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[ 2 May 2014 | No Comment ]

A new survey commissioned by the national charity Turn2us has found that over three-fifths (62%) of working parents feel their financial situation has worsened in the last year. Despite signs of an improving economy, 56% are worried about their financial situation as they struggle with a combination of falling wages, shorter working hours and rising living costs.
The survey, released to coincide with Turn2us’ annual Benefits Awareness Month, has found that on average, parents in work are forced to spend half of their monthly income on utility bills and food. Worryingly, …

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[ 21 Feb 2014 | No Comment ]

The Valuing Maternity Campaign Coalition is deeply concerned about the cuts to social security for pregnant women and new mothers. Having a baby is one of the most financially precarious times for families and we want to stop the roll-back of welfare. The group is asking people to help it gather evidence to campaign for change by taking a survey about how this has impacted your life.
If you’re pregnant or a new mum, share your views here at the Valuing Maternity Cutbacks Calculator.

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[ 24 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]

This year has undoubtedly seen a number of financial challenges for many families across the UK.  Many households, even those who are in-work, are struggling to keep up with the rising costs of food, energy and other everyday essentials.  In fact, a new report has found that two-thirds of children living below the poverty line in the UK are from families where an adult works.
Earlier this year also saw the start of major changes to the welfare benefits system including the introduction of Universal Credit, which is being phased in to …

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[ 26 Sep 2013 | No Comment ]

Are you aware of the new rules relating to high income and the effect it can have on your child benefit?
The High Income Child Benefit charge – the basics
If you or your partner has an individual income of more than £50,000 and one of you gets Child Benefit, you may be liable to the High Income Child Benefit charge. It may also apply if someone else receives Child Benefit for a child who lives with you.
It is essential that if you fall within these criteria you read and understand …

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[ 19 Sep 2013 | No Comment ]

Recent research has revealed the minimum cost of raising a child has risen 4% in the last year. Alongside the rising cost of living, low wages and continued spending cuts, many families are struggling to meet everyday expenses including school uniforms, lunches and trips for their children.
 Here Karen Holmes, Welfare Benefits Specialist at the charity Turn2us provides tips for parents about the financial help that could be available to help with their children’s school-related costs.
1. Do a benefits check
The first thing parents should do to see if they can boost …

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[ 25 Apr 2013 | No Comment ]

Plenty of working families have a fair bit of debt these days. Most will be managing this well, and will just use credit to keep everything ticking over smoothly each month.
It’s easier than you’d think to start struggling, however. Often, all it takes is a change of circumstances to make previously affordable debt repayments unmanageable.
There are a number of different ways to cope with personal debt problems, however – depending on your family’s circumstances. Here are a few suggestions that could help you cope with your personal debt, from debtarrangementscheme.net.
Tighten …