Money Box

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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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25
JAN

Concern over quick sale estate agents

Home owners are at risk of losing large amounts of money when selling their properties by using so called quick sale estate agents. That’s a warning from Trading Standards. It’s told Money Box it’s seen dozens of examples of people losing tens of thousands of pounds from the market value of their homes when agents exploit people who are desperate to sell quickly.

In the first half of last year private parking firms requested 4.32m driver details from the DVLA so they could issue fines to motorists. This number of demands is 25% up on 2018 which was itself a fifth higher than 2017. We get many emails to moneybox@bbc.co.uk from listeners asking what they should do when they think they have been sent a demand which they believe is unfair. We speak to parking expert John Wilkie to find out.

A Money Box investigation has found that councils around the country are charging students Council Tax over the summer holidays when they should be exempt. Last week we heard from a student at Durham University who'd been sent a bill for hundreds of pounds. After the programme we were contacted by students from Oxford, Norwich, Salford, and Chester who had a similar story. Student bodies are now calling on the government to address the issue with local authorities to ensure that students aren’t forced to pay Council Tax.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Dan Whitworth
Researcher: Darin Graham
Producer: Dan Whitworth/Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
22
JAN

MBL: How to make the gig economy work for you

The gig economy is booming in the UK. More than a million people are using online platforms to secure jobs. Some people say that Uber drivers and couriers are the poster boys and girls for an exploited part of the workforce. Others argue the flexibility of working when and where you want works perfectly for those who don't want a 9-5 job.

Adam Shaw hears the good, the bad and the ugly tales from those working within the industry and he finds out how people can make the gig economy work for them.

Email moneybox@bbc.co.uk with your experiences or questions for the panel.

Guests:

Nye Cominetti, economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation
Max Dewhurst, courier and IWGB unionist
Andy Chamberlain, Deputy Director of Policy and External Affairs at the IPSE.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon
18
JAN

Should students pay council tax?

Four students studying at Durham University received a surprise bill for Council Tax. They were billed hundreds of pounds for a period when no -one was living in the property over the summer. The local authority said that as students they were exempt from the tax but only when they were actually living there. We speak to the editor of the Council Tax Handbook.

Police forces across the UK have seen a recent spike in cases of what is called courier fraud. Criminals persuade older people to take cash out of the bank and then give it to a courier to keep it safe. What can potential victims do to avoid being scammed?

Earlier this year we looked at the history of financial mistakes. We asked listeners to get in touch with their biggest financial mistakes. A number of people told us theirs was buying a flat with Grenfell-style cladding and then being billed tens of thousands of pounds for its removal. We hear from people in this position.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
11
JAN

Travelex customers face continued chaos

Council tenants on Universal Credit are much more likely to be in rent arrears than those who don’t get the benefit. That’s according to research carried out by Money Box. We surveyed local authorities for 12 of the largest cities across Britain and found tens of thousands of people having to manage this debt. The numbers also suggest not only are people on the benefit more likely to be in arrears, but they’re likely to owe much more too. We find out why.

Proposals about how to reform leasehold laws in England and Wales have been described as 'nothing more than tinkering' by campaigners. We speak to Professor Nick Hopkins the member of the Law Commission responsible for this report.

And foreign exchange company Travelex is still closed for business after a ransom attack eleven days ago. We find out what this means for its customers.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Howard Mustoe
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
04
JAN

The history of financial mistakes

History is littered with tales of financial error – many instantly familiar even though they may have taken place several centuries apart.

Why do we keep on making the same mistakes with our money and what can we do to stop making them?

Paul Lewis discusses with Russell Napier, the Keeper of Edinburgh's Library of Mistakes, Prof Nicky Marsh who is writing a book on the history of financial advice and Dr Joe Gladstone from UCL's School of Management who helps people make better behavioural choices with their money.

Picture: General Gregor Macgregor - Scottish soldier, adventurer and confidence trickster.

Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
21
DEC
2019

The gift of money

The Government has accepted all but one of the recommendations made by Sir Amyas Morse in his review of the controversial 'loan charge'. This means that 11,000 people will be let off paying money to HMRC. They had signed up to schemes that paid part of their salary as a loan. Promoters of the scheme had told them that meant they were not liable to income tax but had ended up receiving bills for thousands of pounds retrospectively.

Financial advisers are not happy with changes the regulator has made to how you check if a financial adviser is registered.

And the best way to gift money to children at Christmas.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Dan Whitworh
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
14
DEC
2019

The battle for buying your freehold at a fair price

It's been described as a "David and Goliath" contest. Hundreds of leasehold home owners have joined together - for the first time - to begin a legal fight to take control of the freehold on their properties. They want investment companies, which bought the freeholds, to sell them for a fair price.

Renovare is a new 'banking solution' for ex-offenders, charging £7.99 a month for its services. We speak to Chief Executive David Bright about their funding model.

And now we know Brexit will happen, what do we know it will mean for your consumer rights and personal finances?

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Dan Whitworth
Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon
04
DEC
2019

Money Box Live: Fostering

How much financial support is available for foster carers looking after children in need?

Around 65,000 children live with foster families across the UK. Foster carers provide a safe and stable place for them to live when they can't live with their families. It may be for a few days or even for their entire childhood. But as a foster carer, what help is there if your finances don’t cover the bills and the extras needed?

Paul Lewis and a panel of experts will be taking your calls and hearing your experiences of fostering.

Guests: Jackie Sanders, Fostering Network
Harvey Gallagher, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers
Paul Kind, Professor of Health Outcome Measurement, Leeds University

If you'd like to share your stories, contact the Money Box team. The number to call is 03 700 100 444, geographic charges apply. The lines open at 1pm on Wednesday 4 December. Or email moneybox@bbc.co.uk or tweet @moneybox
30
NOV
2019

Money Box election 2019 special

With fewer than two weeks to go until the 2019 General Election, Money Box takes a personal finance look at the manifesto pledges of the four main parties. Among the subjects covered are issues like workers’ rights, benefits and taxes. Hear the Chancellor, the shadow Chancellor, as well as Liberal Democrat and SNP spokesmen on finance, talk through their promises and how they’d bring about the changes they want to see.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producers: Eleanor Briggs, Dan Whitworth and Alex Lewis
Editor: Emma Rippon

9 episodes