Money Box

BBC  |  Podcast , ±32 min episodes every 2 days  | 
All that matters about money with Paul Lewis. News of savings and investments, credit cards and loans, pensions, banking, tax, benefits and giving to charity. The UK's premier weekly round-up of personal finance from the BBC.

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31
OCT

The end of furlough

As the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme wraps up, what are your redundancy rights? And what happens if you’re on a zero-hours contract?

Gym members are being pursued by debt collectors after they cancelled their direct debit for fees to gyms they couldn't go to because of the pandemic.

And why are banks refusing to open accounts for newly formed charities and community groups?

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Researcher: Darin Graham
Reporter: Kafui Okpattah
Producer: Simon Maybin
Editor: Richard Vadon
24
OCT

Tier 3: The last shift

The numbers of people targeted by thieves on Instagram has sharply risen during lockdown and Action Fraud is warning Instagram users to be wary of fraudulent investment posts offering ‘get rich quick’ schemes. Criminals use the app to promote investment schemes, luring users with the promise of high returns. We speak to one man caught out.

As Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions expand, we look at the support in place for workers.

And it’s already estimated that nearly two million people who were not in financial difficulty before the pandemic are now struggling to pay all of their bills. Could a 'temporary' debt payment plan help them through the worst of the crisis?

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Researcher: Darin Graham
Reporter: Dan Whitworth
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Richard Vadon
21
OCT

Looking for work

If you’re under 30 and struggling to be noticed by employers our panel are ready to help. Find out which industries are hiring, how to handle CV gaps and what to focus on when you get an interview.

Email questions and tips to: moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet us @moneybox

Panel:
Lauren Mistry, Operations Director at Youth Employment UK
John McCourt, Careers adviser with Skills Development Scotland
Emlyn Evans, Adviser with Career Wales

Presenter: Charmaine Cozier
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor: Richard Vadon
17
OCT

Why can't I get an NI number?

Money Box has learnt that thousands of people with the right to work in the UK have not been able to access a National Insurance number. Without one they may not be able to work, open a high street bank account or claim benefits.

The Bank of England has written to lenders to find out whether they are ready for a zero or even a negative Bank Rate. How likely is it and what will that mean for our savings, mortgages, and other debts?

And the life insurance policy that wouldn’t pay out when a terminally ill man needed the help.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Dan Whitworth
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
14
OCT

MBL: Mortgages for first time buyers

Buying your first home has always been a challenge, but amid the madness of 2020 it could be harder than ever. Adam Shaw and a panel of guests answer calls from would-be first-time buyers, from the actor just starting to think about getting on the property ladder, to the social worker wondering whether shared ownership is the answer, and the dad who's seen his dream home slip away as lenders demand larger deposits.

If you've a question or a story to share, do email us on moneybox@bbc.co.uk or you can Tweet us @moneybox.

Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton & Darin Graham
Editor: Emma Rippon
10
OCT

Airbnb agrees to share tax data with HMRC

People who let out property using Airbnb have been warned this week that the firm will send HMRC the details of their earnings going back to 2017. It may mean that some hosts will receive surprise tax bills.

Thousands of people who invested in a mini-bond sold by a firm called Wellesley face an impossible choice next week. They must decide if they want the company to go into administration and lose everything, or vote for what is called a Company Voluntary Arrangement and lose nearly everything.

When your vehicle is damaged and it is another driver’s fault it's pretty standard practice for their insurer, not yours, to sort out the repairs to your car but it has emerged that it can leave you without a right to complain or get redress when things go wrong. We speak to the MP calling for change.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
07
OCT

MBL: Eviction Bans

Renters could be at risk of losing their homes because of changes to the eviction ban that was brought in to protect tenants during the coronavirus pandemic. It's estimated that landlords have lost millions in rent since lockdown hit in March.

What financial support and help is available and what are the different rules for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Louise Cooper is joined by Anny Cullum from Acorn Communities, Meera Chindooroy from the National Residential Landlords Association and Nina Patel, a housing lawyer from Broudie Jackson Canter.

We'd love to hear your questions about renting, tenancies and evictions. E-mail moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox.

Presenter: Louise Cooper
Producer: Darin Graham
Editor: Emma Rippon

8 episodes