Heating the homes of the future
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
4d ago
Money Box takes a look at three innovative energy projects changing the way people heat their homes to try to improve efficiency and reduce bills. First up is the village of Swaffham Prior in Cambridgeshire where residents and the local council have backed a scheme using air source and ground source heat pumps to warm people's homes. A new, multi-million pound energy centre of the edge of the village provides the energy through a newly installed heat network for any residents of the village's 300 homes that want to join. Secondly, Dan Whitworth visits the University of Salford and the research ..read more
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Money Box Christmas
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
In a year when the cost of living has dominated so many of our programmes and of course your lives, we’ll return to some of the organisations and individuals helping families cope with rising energy prices, soaring food costs and prices that only go one way - up. Paul Lewis is joined by a community interest company which focuses on fuel poverty - Warm Wales, Broke not Broken foodbank in Kinross and the South Manchester Credit Union. We'll hear from just a few of the listeners who we've helped this year to keep more of their money. We have Money Box's top five Christmas crackers – tips to save ..read more
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Money Box Live: Cost of Living and Charities
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
Christmas is a time for giving and often that means charitable donations. New research from the Charities Aid Foundation suggests fewer people are supporting good causes because of the rising cost of living putting pressure on their finances. In this episode of Money Box Live, we’re talking to charity founders about how the finances of their organisations are impacted. We'll also be joined by Caron Bradshaw, the CEO of the Charity Finance Group, and Alison Taylor, CEO of CAF Bank, from the Charities Aid Foundation. Presenter: Felicity Hannah Producer: Amber Mehmood Editor: Jess Quayle (First b ..read more
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Scottish Budget and Cold Weather Payments
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
2w ago
We discuss this week's Scottish Budget, from income tax to benefits. Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that everyone earning more than £43,662 in Scotland will have to pay more income tax next year. It's as the higher rate of tax increases from 41p to 42p in the pound in April, and the top rate from 46p to 47p. We'll get reaction to that from people in Glasgow and analysis from Emma Congreve an economist who is Deputy Director at the Fraser of Allander Institute in Strathclyde. This month, we've seen freezing temperatures which, for millions of households, have triggered Cold Weathe ..read more
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Money Box Live: Bereavement Finances
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
2w ago
At some point in our lives, we all experience the death of family, friends or partners, and it is never easy. It's made worse - by what can feel like an uncaring and unnecessarily complex bureaucracy which can make dealing with your family finances difficult, draining and confusing. In this podcast, we hear the experiences of some who have gone through these problems and we look at strategies to help. On the expert panel are, Nick Hill, Senior Advice Manager at Money and Pensions Service, and Melinda Giles, Council Member for Private Client Solicitors at The Law Society. Presenter: Adam Shaw P ..read more
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Where to keep warm this winter
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
3w ago
It's going to be the coldest weekend of the year so far. We already know that typical energy bills will be double what they were last winter. So everyone is looking for ways to use less electricity and gas at the same time as trying to stay warm. One solution is being offered by so-called 'warm banks' - places where people can go to keep warm if they're struggling to afford heating costs. The Warm Welcome campaign now has more than three thousand places open on its website and says last week alone 80 thousand people kept warm in one of them - up by more than a fifth on the previous week. We vi ..read more
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Money Box Live: Christmas Spending
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
3w ago
As households grapple with cost of living pressures and with Christmas just around the corner, many will be looking for cheaper options for the big day. We speak to listeners who share with us how they’ll be managing their finances this festive period. On the expert panel are, Richard Lane, Director of External Affairs at StepChange Debt Charity and Carol Mitchell, Retail Expert at British Heart Foundation. Presenter: Charmaine Cozier Producers: Amber Mehmood and Clare Worden Reporter: Star McFarlane Editor: Jess Quayle (First broadcast 3pm Wednesday 7th December, 2022 ..read more
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Loot Boxes, Pension Compensation and Bank Closures
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
An new report suggests children are put at risk by 'loot boxes' in video games. More than a thousand steelworkers will share compensation of £49 million for pension mis-selling, but campaigners say it is unfair and inadequate. HSBC will close a quarter of its remaining branches next year. It is offering some customers free computer tablets instead. And more on spray foam - a plea for it not to be included in the Government's new £1 billion energy efficiency scheme because of the frequent problems it causes in getting a mortgage ..read more
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Money Box Live: Cohabitation
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
3.6 million couples in the UK cohabit, meaning they live together in a relationship but without getting married or civil partnered. In fact, they are the fastest growing type of family in this country If those couples break up then they usually split their shared finances without the help of courts or solicitors. In fact, splitting after buying a house or sharing bills together has become known as the ‘millennial divorce’ – only it doesn’t just affect millennials and there are none of the protections of divorce. That can make a big difference when it comes to splitting assets like the family h ..read more
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Autumn Statement Special
Money Box
by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
In this special Money Box we will delve into Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement and see what lies in the small print. How will changes to the support you’ll be getting to pay for your energy bills affect you? Paul Lewis and Nimesh Shah, the Chief Executive of Blick Rothenberg on why tax changes matter for you. What do announcements on benefits and getting back into work mean for those on welfare? And our reporter Dan Whitworth is live from Stafford Indoor Market to get reaction to this week’s inflation figures and the planned rise to the National Living Wage. Presenter: Paul Lewis Reporter: Dan Wh ..read more
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