19 March 2021

How much space can £231k buy you?

A study1 has revealed that, based on the UK’s average house price of £231,000, the West Midlands is the UK region with the most living space. Many properties in this region have around 30% more space than average at 104.92 sq m. Buyers can also expect to benefit from a higher-than- average number of bedrooms […]

19 March 2021

Struggling to save for retirement? Try this tip

More than ever, UK savers are struggling to prioritise their pension, with over half saying they are likely to review or reduce their pension contributions in the wake of the pandemic1. It’s true that it can be easy to think of pension contributions as a drain on your resources. And yet, despite travel restrictions, Britons […]

11 March 2021

In the News

UK to launch first green gilt The government is planning to launch the UK’s first green gilt in 2021 in response to “growing investor demand,” as announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. He said it would be the first in a series of new issuances, with the government keen to position the UK as a world-leading […]

11 March 2021

Is your loft a gold mine of undiscovered treasures?

Most houses have at least a little clutter lying around. Maybe a few old schoolbooks circa 1960, or some of the children’s old teddies; lofts and cupboards across the country are full of what optimists might call ‘keepsakes’ and what others would label ‘junk’. Over the years, some priceless artefacts have been uncovered in the […]

4 March 2021

Spring Budget 2021

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his second Budget on 3 March declaring that “we will recover“. The key fiscal event, which had been delayed from the Autumn due to the pandemic, centred on a £65bn three-part plan designed to continue supporting British people and businesses through the pandemic, ‘fix’ the public finances once […]

24 February 2021

Child talk

It’s difficult to quantify the impact of the pandemic on children. Let’s face it, their lives changed beyond recognition overnight too, the regular rhythms of childhood and adolescence gone indefinitely. A survey exploring what made children feel stressed during lockdown discovered that not having enough money or food featured, alongside schoolwork, family life and other […]

24 February 2021

COVID heightens intergenerational issues

One effect of the pandemic has been to divide segments of the population, whether by age, where they live or what they do for a living. When divisions occur, tensions can develop, not least between the generations. There is now rising concern about the economic impact of the pandemic upon Generation Z. A summary of […]

18 February 2021

“It won’t happen to me” – think again

It’s so easy to watch the ads on TV about scams or see the consumer shows interviewing devastated people about their financial losses as victims of fraud, and think “it won’t happen to me,” but think again! In the year to September 2020, Action Fraud received over 17,000 reports of investment fraud, totalling £657.4m in […]

11 February 2021

Get your life insurance in check

At the height of the pandemic, insurers received 7,000 life insurance claims and paid out £90 million – the equivalent of £980,000 every day – to support the families of those who died due to COVID-19. The data from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) shows that between 1 March and 31 May last year, […]

11 February 2021

ESG on the business agenda in 2021

Hello to a new year, a fresh start and forward focus. We aren’t the only ones looking forward and appraising the year ahead; a new report has noted that in 2021, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are placing a high priority on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues and assessing how organisational ESG activities and investments […]