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BBC News - Your Money
 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:07:12 GMT
  • Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs
     The cash machine industry and the network are at loggerheads over closure plans.
  • Families 'struggle' without washing machines
     A charity says some households face an "intolerable struggle" but help is available to replace white goods.
  • Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes
     The airline says it will recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid industrial action at Christmas.
  • Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit
     The mobile network was not clear enough about new fees, telecoms regulator Ofcom says.
  • Minimum price 'would increase cost of 70% of alcohol'
     There will be sharp increase in the cost of alcohol if a minimum price is introduced, say researchers.
  • Scottish income tax changes unveiled
     Higher and middle earners will pay more than elsewhere in the UK, but lower earners will pay less.
  • Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space
     Four Seasons Health Care, which looks after 17,000 elderly residents, has secured its future for now.
  • Black Friday lifts UK retail sales in November
     Deals on electrical household appliances boosted sales in November, official figures suggest.
  • Bank sees boost from Brexit progress
     The Bank of England says progress in Brexit talks is likely to boost household and business confidence.
  • Stamp duty tax debate 'welcome'
     Surveyors say changes to stamp duty levied on first-time buyers should spark a wider debate.
  • Wage squeeze continues for British households
     Earnings grew by 2.3% in the three months to October, lagging inflation for a seventh month.
  • 'I was saved from a 10,000 car scam'
     Bank staff now alert police when a potential scam victim attempts to withdraw large sums of cash.
  • Water bills set to fall by up to 25 from 2020
     Water bills in England and Wales will fall by between 15 and 25 a year from 2020 onwards, the regulator Ofwat says.
  • Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas
     Some passengers face disruption after 79 Dublin-based pilots and others around Europe plan walkouts.
  • My close escape from 10,000 bank scam
     Barry Fox, 72, says he had "a close shave" with scammers when trying to buy a Rolls Royce on eBay.
  • Is cash still king?
     As mobile payment apps become increasingly popular, and some societies are aiming to become cashless, how has money fared over the last decade?
  • Can a bank in a box replace a branch?
     One firm has developed an interactive cash-machine which, it says, can do 80% of the tasks typically undertaken in a bank.
  • Can digital financial assistant Cleo take on the banks?
     Cleo AI operates a digital assistant that connects to users? bank accounts and helps them manage their money.
  • UK set for worst pay squeeze 'since 19th century'
     Wages are forecast to remain below pre-financial crisis levels until the early 2020s, according to IFS director Paul Johnson.
  • Paint and sip
     Learning to paint while enjoying a drink has become a popular pastime - but can you improve under the influence?
  • Financial secrets
     A "revolution" in our financial lives will begin next month, but what is it and how will it work?
  • Bank-free zone
     A town has gone from four banks to none but how do its residents cope?
  • Plastic fantastic
     The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.
  • When I'm 64
     Within 15 years, retirees who are renting may have to pay up to 42% of their income, according to a new study
  • In the driving seat
     Which is the best insurance technology for young drivers: Black box or dash cam?
  • Buying and renting
     Your biggest financial commitment is your home. Here is the story of the last 10 years in 10 charts.
  • Rate rise
     Over four million householders will face increase payments, but 45 million savers will benefit.
  • Debt in charts
     Young people are three times as likely to put essential items on credit as those over the age of 55.
  • Money quiz
     As part of our Money Matters coverage we have a quiz to test your personal finance knowledge.
  • Debt explained
     Not all debts are the same - so which should you pay off first?
  • Brass in pocket?
     A rise in interest rates would be good news for savers, but bad for borrowers. How would a rise of 0.25% affect you?
  • Horses for courses
     Banks are investing in the centre of cities like Manchester, but are closing branches in the suburbs.
  • Monarch collapse
     The UK's fifth biggest airline has ceased trading after losing its licence to sell package holidays.
  • Work freebies
     Impressed that your company offers dress-down Fridays? These firms take job perks to another level.
  • Rounding up
     Shops will refuse to accept the round 1 coin from 16 October when it is withdrawn from circulation.
  • Pyramid selling
     Low levels of education have fuelled the spread of illegal and harmful pyramid schemes in rural China.
  • Reality Check
     Why VAT is charged on some uniforms and why governments haven't cut it.
  • Cashing out
     Card and phone payments may be replacing coins and notes, but are Swedes ready to get rid of cash altogether?
  • Northern Rock
     The collapse of Northern Rock: Ten years on
  • Money machines
     Could low-cost automated financial advice help close the massive retirement savings gap?
  • Friend or foe
     What do the woes of the UK's biggest door-to-door lender Provident Financial mean for hard-pressed borrowers?
  • Reining it in
     The fine on gambling site 888 highlights that current methods of helping problem gamblers are not working.
  • Sterling sense
     Buying foreign currency is both easier and more challenging than in the past.
  • Pawnbrokers' secrets
     Only 4% of the UK's adult population - and more women than men - now use a pawnbroker to get a loan.
  • Charity fraud
     With 800 cases of charity fraud reported last year, are all organisations what they seem?
  • Long trek
     The average UK shoe size of men and women has gone up by two sizes since the 1970s - but women's footwear makers have not kept up.
  • 5k commuter club'
     With rail fares rising again, we speak to those paying 5,000 a year - or more - in travel costs.
  • Wired weeding
     A smartphone app can tell you whether Japanese knotweed is anywhere near where you live.
  • Cathedrals of commerce
     These "cathedrals of commerce" were democratic spaces that, some say, helped emancipate women.
  • Death of retirement?
     As part of a series by Radio 4's Money Box on retirement, Paul Lewis asks whether we can afford the state pension.
  • 'Cash is trash'
     As the Bank of England keeps interest rates at a record low, is there any glimmer of hope for savers?
  • Switch to save
     Those who switch can save about 300 a year, according to the regulator.
  • Cancer debt
     One of Britain's biggest banks is launching a new support service for cancer patients
  • Reality Check
     The Bank of England's stability chief warns of the dangers of rising personal loans.
  • Bitcoin goes arty
     The global art market is not known for tech innovation, so why is Bitcoin proving increasingly popular?
  • Getting smaller
     Everyone knows about Toblerone, but what else is getting smaller?
  • Student debt
     Ben Jones is graduating two years after his sister Florence - but he's in about 15,000 more debt than her.
  • How much??
     The tutors charging thousands of pounds to help secure a British education for wealthy overseas children.
  • Surge pricing
     We are used to prices fluctuating on flights, taxis and hotels, but what if the same thing happened on the high street?
  • Election fallout
     What a hung Parliament means for your finances.
  • Diva of divorce
     How Ayesha Vardag has became one of the world's most in demand divorce lawyers.
  • House price calculator: Where can I afford to rent or buy?
     A new BBC housing calculator that helps you find out where in the UK you can afford to live.
  • Your pay and inflation-busting jobs
     Is it better to be in your job now, compared to five years ago? BBC analysis reveals.
  • How can mums get a good pension?
     Many stay-at-home parents have no proper pension provision - so what can they do to maximise their retirement savings?