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17 Nov 2018

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    Money Box Live: Universal Credit

    What’s your experience of the biggest change ever made to the benefits system? Universal Credit - which is being gradually introduced across the UK - is supposed to make things simpler, by merging six benefits into one single payment. But it's been plagued by controversy, especially over delays in paying claimants, causing severe hardship in some cases. In Budget 2018, the Chancellor introduced new measures designed to improve the system. These include increasing the amount of money people can earn before their benefits are reduced and allowing two weeks extra benefits for those moving from the old system to the new. But will it be enough to solve the problems? How might this extra help benefit you? If you have been affected by Universal Credit, do share your story by calling 03700 100 444. Lines open from 1pm on Wednesday 14 November. You can email moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox Guests: Sarah Hayle, Welfare rights adviser, Community Law Service, Northampton and County Angela Marke, Head of Advice Quality, Advising Communities David Samson, welfare benefits specialist, Turn2Us Presenter: Paul Lewis Producer: Sally Abrahams

  • Posted on 14 Nov 2018

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    Free finance textbook for schools

    Tens of thousands of free educational books about personal finance are being sent to every secondary school in England. For free. Funded by money saving expert Martin Lewis, written by Young Money and supported by the Government, it 's the UK's first ever financial education textbook. The Government’s announced its second attempt to try to increase probate fees, this time from just a few hundred to thousands of pounds for some. We’ll find out what’s behind the move, if it’s likely to get through Parliament and explain why critics say the move is not legal. WASPI women continue the fight. This time it’s women who reached their state pension age before 65, but are getting much less than men the same age as they qualified when the previous, lower state pension was in force. ‘Why aren’t my auto-enrolment pension pots consolidated?’ We hear from a listener who wants to know why his pensions aren’t merged automatically. Presenter: Paul Lewis Producer: Alex Lewis Reporter: Dan Lewis Editor: Richard Lewis

  • Posted on 10 Nov 2018

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    Expats and Brexit

    Whether it’s access to healthcare, pensions or the right to work on the continent, how will the UK’s withdrawal from the EU affect the finances of the 1.3 million Britons living in Europe? Louise Cooper and a panel of guests discuss what might happen to expats' rights, whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

  • Posted on 07 Nov 2018

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    Exotic Pension Scams

    The High Court has ruled that SIPP providers should check whether the investments chosen by customers are high risk or scams following one man's investment in a bio fuel scam. Insurers are taking an estimated £700 million a year off us because we do not look for the best deal every year. They even have a name for it - price walking. It's a familar tale for regular Money Box listeners - we've exposed this practice many times. But now the regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has launched an enquiry into pricing practices in the £78 billion general insurance market. HMRC said this week that parents may get a refund if they've received a penalty for not paying back their child benefit. Since 2013 people who earnt more than £50,000 have had to pay back some or all of their child benefit. HMRC has now admitted that since the High Income Child Benefit Charge was introduced in 2013 it has not given people enough information about the rules and and it will be refunding the penalty in some cases. And nearly a week after the Budget, who are the definitive winners and losers? Presenter: Paul Lewis Producer: Alex Lewis Reporter: Dan Whitworth Editor: Richard Vadon

  • Posted on 03 Nov 2018

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    Budget 2018

    Whether you're young or old, rich or poor, how will the Budget affect your personal finances? Louise Cooper and a panel of guests take your questions. Call 03700 100 444. Lines are open from 1pm on Wednesday 31 October. You can also email moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox

  • Posted on 31 Oct 2018

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