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Consumer confidence back on the up

The Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report for July shows that overall consumer confidence has picked up to reach a new high of 147 points after taking a slight dip in June.

Close to 1.6 million UK households are ‘housing pinched’

Close to 1.6 million UK households – the housing pinched – are spending more than half their disposable income on the ongoing costs of housing each month, according to new analysis from the Resolution Foundation.

‘Suppliers out of excuses’ for high energy bills

Citizens Advice has called on the energy industry to be frank with its customers about why energy costs are so high, particular as wholesale costs are down.

Students spent more on rent and less on recreation in 2013

The amount of money spent on living costs by students fell in 2013 for the second year in a row.

Big six fall out of love with new customers

MoneySuperMarket data shows that British Gas, EDF, Eon, nPower, Scottish Power and SSE have been absent from the top five tables since Valentine’s Day.

Superfast broadband reaches 1 million more homes and businesses

The government’s rollout of superfast broadband has reached more than 1 million homes and businesses across the UK.

Brits leave their budgets at the airport

Holidays are a great time to switch off and relax, however new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, revealed that many people are also taking the same approach to their holiday finances.

Plans for tough new energy market manipulation penalties

New laws would give UK energy regulators new powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market.

UK parents pledge £610 on exam rewards

UK parents pledge on average a whopping £610.00 in incentives and rewards to encourage their children to do well in their exams.

Signs of swifter energy switching

Switching energy supplier has begun to speed up following Ofgem’s pledge to enforce maximum 17 day transfers by the end of the year, according to price comparison service Make It Cheaper.

The best energy tariffs come in small packages

With three energy companies now offering dual fuel bills that cost less than £1,000 a year, analysis from has shown that the vast majority (70.5%) of people who have switched energy provider recently chose a small supplier, while just over a quarter (29.5%) opted for a tariff from one of the UK’s ‘big six’.

Lifestyle 101: how to live within your means

With the exception of the most extreme cases, everyone is capable of living within their means. I am starting with the presumption that remaining alive and well is the ultimate goal, and that everyone has the means to sustain life and wellness from day to day.

Tesco launches free 4G pay as you go deal

Commenting on the launch of Tesco’s free 4G pay as you go package, Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at says: "Tesco's new free 4G pay as you go offering now gives it the edge on the competition of the other MVNOs, Giffgaff and Virgin Mobile.

Women choosing home improvements over holidays in 2014

When it comes to money management, men and women can sometimes have very different priorities, according to research from Standard Life by YouGov plc.

SSE and UKPN pay out £8 million following Christmas storms

Ofgem has secured an additional £3.3 million from SSE and UKPN after its investigation into the companies’ performance during the exceptional storms last Christmas in the south of England.