Don’t kill Consumer Focus

Worrying reports this weekend that Consumer Focus is to be closed as part of the Government’s spending cuts.  If true, this is a real blow for an organisation that has recently found its feet and is fighting consumers’ battles on ISA transfers, Npower reclaims and scores more investigations. The report, from Radio 4’s Moneybox, indicates that the...

Balls! I’m becoming addicted to golf

A man has just delivered a box of 100 balls ordered from Amazon for £14. Now I must admit to being quite excited about this. Yet is the fact I’ve ordered so many an indication of how much I like the game, or how bad I am at it? I’ve never been the sportiest of blokes (though...

Labour = earnest, Tories = suits. Neither support interest rate caps. Views from the party conferences.

In the last week I’ve been to both Labour and Tory party conferences (couldn’t make Lib-Dems) to chair fringe debates, on debt for the reds, and on financial education for the blues.  What’s fascinating is the classic caricatures do fit. For those not in the know, at party conferences the fringe is where guest speakers are brought...

The 5% Sainsbury’s Saving Account (that pays 4%)

Sometimes you have to chortle when you see press releases,  and I couldn’t help chortling when I saw this one from Sainsbury’s bank this morning.   I think the press office who sent it has over-hyped the rates just a little… Below is a copy of the email that was sent. I suppose technically it’s true, then again...