Living standards questioned as over 270k Scots turn to their local Citizens Advice
Minimum Unit Prices finally come into Effect
After years of resistance from whisky producers, Nicola Sturgeon’s brainchild of minimum unit pricing has finally come into effect today, the 1st of May 2018. The new law means that each unit of alcohol must ...
Spike in Foodbank use for Scottish Families
According to statistics released by the Trussell Trust, more and more British households are being referred to foodbanks for essential items. Between April 2017 and March 2018, the Trust distributed 170,625 emergency food parcels in Scotland ...
UK Households are borrowing more than saving for the First Time
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that last year, for the first time since records began in 1987, UK households are borrowing more money than they are putting aside in savings. Saving levels ...
Is Council Tax Unfair?
Council Tax bills look set to rise again this April, throughout the country, and questions are being asked about whether the way this tax is calculated actually makes sense. This will be the steepest rise ...
The Dangers of Doorstep Lenders
Citizens Advice has recommended that ‘doorstep’ lenders be brought under stricter regulation, in order to provide better protection for their customers. Doorstep lenders, also known as Home Credit providers, have come under fire for their ...
Jubilee Campaign could write off Billions of Consumer Debt in the UK
The charity behind 2000’s Drop the Debt Campaign has now set its site on the UK, and hopes to usher in financial regulation which could save consumers up to £1.3 billion every year, and initially ...
Minimum Alcohol Prices and Debt
After six years of debate, Scotland will finally introduce a minimum pricing policy on alcoholic drinks from the 1st of May 2018. The new policy means that alcohol cannot be sold for less than 50 ...
Debt in the UK – an Update
Now that 2018 is well underway, personal debt statistics are beginning to appear. The picture that emerges has brought some key difficulties to light, including the fact that borrowing is growing faster than wages, and ...
New Passport Prices – are they Sky High?
Renewing your passport will be more expensive as of the 27th of March 2018, as the cost of applying rises across the board. People applying for their passport through the post will be the hardest-hit ...