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Feb 15, 2020
Bereavement Support PaymentFebruary 15, 2020
Should the unwed lose out on a benefit paid to married people? Bereavement Support Payment is available to the widows, widowers or surviving civil partners of people who died on or after 6 April 2017. There's additional money if they have children. A recent High Court judgement held that the Pensions Act, by excluding bereaved unmarried partners from claiming Bereavement Support Payment, contravened the human rights of any children they might have. This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told...
Feb 12, 2020
MBL: Getting the best broadband dealsFebruary 12, 2020
This week Louise Cooper asks how you can negotiate the best broadband deal. How do you know if you’re paying too much? What’s the best way of securing a better deal? What are your rights if you’ve been overpaying? What are the best deals available at the moment? Guests: Selina Chadha: Director of Consumer Policy at Ofcom Adam French: Consumer Rights Editor at Which? Guy Anker: Deputy Editor at Money Saving Expert Email questions for the panel or top tips to email@example.com Producer:...
Feb 08, 2020
Leap in u30's taken to court for debtsFebruary 08, 2020
Money Box has found that there's been a big increase in the number of young adults being taken to court for unpaid debts. Court records show that last year around 160,000 people in their twenties were given County Court Judgments in England and Wales. That's up 30% from the year before. How a £3 month long trial for a dating website ended up costing one user £300. And Jon Douglas visits a bank that’s swimming against the tide by opening branches in rural locations. Presenter: Louise...
Feb 05, 2020
MBL: Dream weddings on tight budgetsFebruary 05, 2020
Wedding planning can be stressful and expensive. Venue, catering, flowers...the list goes on. Charmaine Cozier and guests talk through the best ways to budget and negotiate on price. Guests: Lisa Garwood-Cross runs the website Thrifty Living. Eve Obasuyi and Nicholas Agwuncha are co-founders of Money Medics. Ruby Norris is online editor at Wedding Ideas Magazine Gary Rycroft is partner at Joseph A Jones Solicitors Email questions and experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org Producer: Ben...
Feb 01, 2020
Brexit and benefitsFebruary 01, 2020
One of the most important rights that Europe gave us was the freedom to live and work in EU countries and retire there. About a quarter of a million UK pensioners live in the EU and draw their UK pensions and, in most countries, still get the winter fuel payment. But will that continue post - Brexit? A Money Box investigation by Dan Whitworth has found more than 1000 people making the most serious complaints about maladministration at the Department for Work and Pensions face waiting 18 months...
Jan 29, 2020
MBL: Your rights when a dream holiday becomes a nightmare experienceJanuary 29, 2020
What are your rights when that dream holiday you've saved up for gets cancelled or you experience problems during the holiday itself? Paul Lewis and guests answer your calls and emails. Guests: the travel journalist Simon Calder and consumer champion Helen Dewdney. Email: email@example.com Producer: Ben Carter Editor: Emma Rippon
Jan 25, 2020
Concern over quick sale estate agentsJanuary 25, 2020
Home owners are at risk of losing large amounts of money when selling their properties by using so called quick sale estate agents. That’s a warning from Trading Standards. It’s told Money Box it’s seen dozens of examples of people losing tens of thousands of pounds from the market value of their homes when agents exploit people who are desperate to sell quickly. In the first half of last year private parking firms requested 4.32m driver details from the DVLA so they could issue fines to...
Jan 22, 2020
MBL: How to make the gig economy work for youJanuary 22, 2020
The gig economy is booming in the UK. More than a million people are using online platforms to secure jobs. Some people say that Uber drivers and couriers are the poster boys and girls for an exploited part of the workforce. Others argue the flexibility of working when and where you want works perfectly for those who don't want a 9-5 job. Adam Shaw hears the good, the bad and the ugly tales from those working within the industry and he finds out how people can make the gig economy work for...
Jan 18, 2020
Should students pay council tax?January 18, 2020
Four students studying at Durham University received a surprise bill for Council Tax. They were billed hundreds of pounds for a period when no -one was living in the property over the summer. The local authority said that as students they were exempt from the tax but only when they were actually living there. We speak to the editor of the Council Tax Handbook. Police forces across the UK have seen a recent spike in cases of what is called courier fraud. Criminals persuade older people to take...
Jan 15, 2020
MBL: How to buy a property without help from mum and dadJanuary 15, 2020
For many young people buying a home can seem like an impossible dream. High property prices, no way of saving for a big deposit and worries about paying for a hefty mortgage. But it's not all doom and gloom. Plenty of people are buying their first homes and the programme will hear from some of them. There are some cautionary tales though and we'll hear about those too. Felicity Hannah is joined by - Kate Faulkner, property market analyst and commentator, Ella Cheney, shared ownership programme...