The protection calculator: building financial resilience in working-age people

David Marjoribanks, policy manager for budgeting and savings, defines financial resilience and shares how, using a new tool, employers and people of working age can build it through raising awareness of income vulnerability.  The UK has a financial resilience problem: many households have very limited financial resources to fall back on if they were to […]

Three ways women manage money

This International Women’s Day Sarah Porretta, strategy and insights director at The Single Financial Guidance Body, shares some findings from our latest survey on how UK adults manage money. Women’s financial needs are often shaped by specific challenges, including low incomes, time taken out of the workplace to look after children or older relatives, or […]

Global trends in financial capability

  Jonathan Hollow, Head of Financial Capability, Strategy and Innovation at the Single Financial Guidance Body reflects on lessons learned at an OECD summit, and the challenges that lie ahead for financial capability globally. In November 2018 the OECD and the Russian Ministry of Finance gathered together representatives from hundreds of countries that are working […]

How to support couples to talk about money

Huw Thomas, director of policy, information and communications at Relate, reports on For Love and Money, the Talk Money Week event hosted by The Money Advice Service (MAS), the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and Relate to explore the links between relationships and money. Watch the debate about how the money guidance, relationship support, and […]

Supportive Council Tax recovery: a win-win outcome

Yvonne Fovargue MP welcomes the Supportive Council Tax Recovery guidance for local authorities. Council Tax arrears are a big problem for all concerned. Be it for those suffering in debt struggling to make ends meet, or local authorities needing to secure their income to fund vital services for their constituents. Too many councils pass debts […]

New research shows schools want to increase their financial education offer

Zoe Renton, policy manager for children and young people at The Money Advice Service (MAS), introduces new research published today on financial education in secondary schools in England. MAS’s previous research has shown that if we want to improve people’s ability to make the most of their money, we need to start young, with financial […]

How big employers can #TalkMoney in a high debt landscape

  Sarah Churchman, chief wellbeing and inclusion officer at PwC, and Jane Portas, insurance partner and financial inclusion leader at PwC discuss why, with household debt set to rise, there’s more reason than ever for employers to #TalkMoney, and how PwC do it. Talking about money, particularly one’s own finances, has often been seen as a bit taboo.  It’s […]

Five ways employers can help young workers #TalkMoney

Nona Buckley-Irvine works with a trade union and has a special focus on young adults. A young employee herself, she shares five ways that employers can support the financial capability of young workers, particularly those struggling with debt.   Listen without judgement There can be a perception of university students going wild with their money […]

Money talks but we don’t: 5 reasons to #TalkMoney

A national conversation about money is around the corner. As we approach Talk Money Week, UK Financial Capability Director Sarah Porretta explains why this event has evolved from an annual celebration of financial capability work by organisations, to include a direct focus on helping the consumer get talking. This month we’re working to turn talking […]

The results are in: how we found out what works

Millions of pounds are spent every year on interventions that aim to help people in the UK better manage their money. Even so, relatively little was known about ‘what works’ to improve financial capability – until now. Roxana Prisacaru from The Money Advice Service What Works team shares their experience of building a body of […]