What the new findings on What Works in financial capability mean for you

In this guest blog, UK Financial Capability Director Sarah Porretta writes about the findings from over 50 What Works funded projects and what they mean for your organisation. This week we’re celebrating the launch of findings from the What Works Fund. This is an exciting juncture, as for the first time, there is a body […]

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 […]

Mental health and debt: supporting the advice sector and creditors

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Jane Tully, Director of External Affairs at the Money Advice Trust outlines the work going on to help the advice sector and creditors support people with debt and mental health problems. We know that mental problems and debt often go hand-in-hand. Findings from the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute […]

What Works Fund webinar: communicating evidence effectively – 19 March 2018

A blog by Louise Scott, Associate Director at Ecorys UK, part of the What Works Fund Evaluation & Learning Partner (ELP) team. The ELP consists of Ipsos MORI, Ecorys and the University of Bristol’s Personal Finance Research Centre. At a time when many of the grantees have turned their attention to preparing their evaluation reports, […]

Debt advice and vulnerability: learning from the experiences of debt advisers

Jane Tully, Director of External Affairs at the Money Advice Trust, discusses the launch of new research exploring the experiences of debt advisers working with people in debt in vulnerable situations. Findings from the research will inform the development of practical guidance to support debt advisers and their clients.  Debt advice plays an important role […]

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 […]