Friday 4 January 2019
Our new year debt advice has been featured in the Sun Online.
An advice column to send to your local media on new year debt can be found here.
Dealing with new year debt
Sun Online, 03/01/2019, Imogen Blake
Our debt expert Lorraine Charlton was quoted in the Sun Online that offered readers advice on how to get on top of their debts in the new year.
This included making sure you contact your creditors, if you find you have multiple priority debts, to negotiate a way of repaying the arrears.
Lorraine said: “Always pay first priority creditors who are taking action against you.”
Bank Holidays 2019: How to get EXTRA days off work using Bank Holidays in 2019
Daily Express, 03/01/2019
The Express Online featured our advice for employees about their bank holiday entitlement for the coming year.
“If your place of work is closed on bank holidays, your employer can make you take them as part of your annual leave entitlement,” our advice says.
“Some employers might give you bank holidays off and pay you for them on top of your annual leave entitlement. This will be outlined in your contract.”
Households spared energy price rises as cap kicks in
The Times (subscription required), 01/01/2019, p2, Emily Gosden
Our comment on the introduction of the energy price cap on New Year’s Day was picked up by the Times.
Despite the cap, which could save some consumers £76 a year, shopping around and improving energy efficiency of homes are the best way to cut down energy bills.
Gillian Guy said: “The introduction of this cap will put an end to suppliers exploiting loyal customers.
“However, while people on default tariffs should now be paying a fairer price for their energy, they will still be better off if they shop around.”
‘It’s very difficult for people’
BBC Radio Humberside, 02/01/2019 (1hr in)
Ray Davies, from Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice, was also interviewed about debt and Universal Credit on local BBC radio.
On Universal Credit, he said: “When it’s processed there’s still a five-week minimum, a five-week gap where you don’t get any money, and that’s very, very difficult for people who have nothing to back themselves up.”
In other news
The bosses of the UK’s biggest companies earned their average worker’s annual salary in just three days.
House price growth has hit a six-year low.
Train passenger groups have expressed anger as ticket prices rise 3.1% on the back of the worst punctuality rates in 13 years.