Family Fortunes: how we built a money skills programme

As we launch the findings from 65 projects resulting from the What Works Fund, the national director of the Campaign for Learning shares her experience of designing, running and evaluating a financial capability project. A preventative approach to low financial capability in families “Low-income families are under increasing financial pressure, but often don’t seek help until […]

Protecting our pensions

In this guest blog, Money Advice Service CEO Charles Counsell writes about the risk of pension scams, and explains how you can keep your retirement safe. Last year alone £23 million was lost to pension scammers increasingly taking advantage of pension freedoms. Action Fraud received 253 reports from people falling victim to a pension scam, […]

Introducing Talk Money Week 2018

Charles Counsell, CEO of the Money Advice Service, introduces Talk Money Week and highlights why you should take part. A continuing priority for both the Money Advice Service (MAS) and the future single financial guidance body is spearheading the campaign to improve the UK’s financial capability. Once a year in mid-November, we take a week […]

How can we help working-age adults manage their money better?

Michael Royce, Proposition Manager at the Money Advice Service, calls for evidence to inform a new programme of work to improve the financial capability of working-age people. Across the UK, many households find it difficult to budget effectively and save. Our research shows 4 in 10 UK adults have less than £500 in savings to […]

Bridging the evidence gap: financial capability and domestic abuse

Dr Olumide Adisa, Research Associate at the University of Suffolk, writes about why the evaluation of a money advice service for survivors of domestic abuse is a crucial step in building an evidence-base for financial capability in the context of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is complex. This complexity becomes more apparent when one examines the […]

Financial capability and young workers

Guest blog by Veda Harrison, Public and Consumer Affairs Manager, NatWest. This week is National Apprenticeship Week, and the Government continues to promote apprenticeships as core to its skills strategy in improving the work prospects of young adults. As a member of the MAS Young Adults Steering Group, NatWest’s contribution to this debate has been […]

Dealing with debts using behavioural science

Louise Chu, Commissioning Manager at the Money Advice Service (MAS), writes about an exciting partnership formed between two forward-thinking organisations who are working collaboratively with MAS to better support people to take control of their debts themselves.    At the Money Advice Service, we thoroughly enjoy connecting with like-minded experts to share knowledge, to create […]

Where I Live: National Student Money Week 2018

A blog by Ani Bailey, Financial Capability Chair on the NASMA Board and Coordinator for Financial Support at Ravensbourne in North Greenwich. Monday (12 February) saw the start of the eighth annual National Student Money Week (NSMW), run by the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA). This year the week is focusing on a […]

Making DOSH digital

Guest blog by Chris Fitzgerald, Programme Co-ordinator at A2Dominion, a residential property group with 37,000 homes across London and southern England. At A2Dominion, financial capability forms an integral part of our organisation’s tenancy sustainment strategy. We always aim to improve our understanding of the needs of our customers, as well as the services we provide. […]

A second What Works Fund

What Works Programme Lead Michaela Kirsop-Holdford discusses how the second What Works Fund will target the specific gaps in evidence which were not focused on previously. At the Money Advice Service we believe that the right financial capability support can have a positive impact on peoples’ lives and we want to make sure that every penny that […]