Money Wellness

Cost of living

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    Number of children living in poverty rises to 4.33 million as election year looms

    4.33 million children are now living in relative poverty, while 600,000 people are in absolute poverty. Campaigners call on the government to fix it, and we offer help with covering essentials.

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    BoE holds interest rates at 5.25% - what does it mean for you?

    The Bank of England has held interest rates at 5.25% for the fifth consecutive time despite yesterday’s sharp fall in inflation.

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    Poverty worsening the nation's health

    New research has found a direct link between poverty and illness in the UK.

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    Inflation falls to lowest level since 2022

    New figures out this morning show inflation slowed by more than expected last month. Find out what it means for your money

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    Trussell Trust given much needed funding to support ongoing food bank crisis

    The Trussell Trust is given a grant that could keep food banks afloat, but if you're struggling to pay for your essentials, you can find out what help is available today.

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    Mental health issues caused by financial difficulty linked to cost-of-living crisis

    New data finds the cost-of-living crisis is the main issue in around 50 conversations a day over text helpline. If you're struggling with your finances and mental health, you don't have to do it alone. Find out what help is out there.

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    How expensive is childcare in your area?

    Childcare costs in the East or South East of the UK could take up as much as 54% of a yearly salary, research from AJ Bell found. See how much childcare costs where you live, and what help is on offer.

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    £75 million to be given to warm lowest income households in England

    The government has given £75 million to help local councils and housing associations make social homes more energy efficient, saving people up to £400 a year in bills.

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    One in five pensioners living in poverty

    The Centre for Ageing Better has called for a rise in the uptake of the pension credit scheme, and has urged the Government to pause proposals to raise the state pension age, which is set to rise to 68 in 2026.

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    Calls for the government to protect financially vulnerable renters

    Charities around the UK called on Secretary of State Michael Gove to prioritise the Renters (Reform) Bill in this parliamentary session as well as including stronger protections in the Bill for private renters experiencing financial difficulty.

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