- Data shows that UK inflation rates held steady in March 2017. But does this affect you in any way and does it mean more or less money in your pocket?Continue reading..
#HBTakeControl Terms and Conditions
We know that fitness and physical wellbeing is on everybody’s minds in January, but what about financial wellbeing?
#DearHB Terms and Conditions
The most important part of Christmas is spending time, not money. That’s why we want you to tell us about the most thoughtful gift you’ve given or received.
#HBChristmasFace Terms and Conditions
We need you to help us spread the festive fun and send us your seasonal selfies. Whether it’s with friends, family, or even the tree! No Scrooges allowed.
#HBFrightNight Halloween Prize Draw
Have you got an unspookable ghost costume or a particularly spellbinding witch outfit? Send us your photos for a chance to win
#HBSchoolSnaps Prize Draw
As classes around the country are now back in session, we’re having our own school-themed prize draw! We want to see your brilliant school snaps – whether they’re embarrassing throwbacks of mullets, flares and bowl cuts or more recent photographs of your family with their school-related tears, tantrums and exam joy. We want to share them… Continue reading..
The Harrington Brooks guide to surviving the work Christmas partyMake sure you're prepared for Christmas party season with our top tips for the staff do - it may just save a lot of hassle in the morning.Continue reading..
Government To Introduce Bank Accounts For Those With Poor Credit History
Basic bank accounts are to be introduced for people with bad credit history by the end of 2015. The new accounts will not allow overdrafts or cheque books, and will not gain interest, but without the risk of falling into the spiralling nature of bank charges for failed payments and slipping, unaware, into reserves or… Continue reading..
Money Advice Service to Cut Jobs to Save on Costs
Treasury-commissioned review of Money Advice Service (MAS) reveals the group are to drastically cut costs and nearly two thirds of staff. The Telegraph has today reported on an independent review of the Money Advice Service, revealing recommended staff cuts of full-time staff from 130 to 50, reducing the MAS budget from £81.1 million to between… Continue reading..
Household Debt Set To Rise Higher than Before Financial Crisis
A new Government report forecasts British household debt is to become higher than on the eve of the global financial crisis. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) have published ‘Economic and Fiscal Outlook’, a report forecasting an increase in the household debt to income ratio. The date presents the household debt ratio rising to 184%… Continue reading..
Harrington Brooks supporting Financial Education at the MHA Wellbeing Day
On Wednesday 3 December Harrington Brooks will be involved in delivering a Wellbeing Day for year 10 students (age 13/14) at Manchester Health Academy (MHA). Harrington Brooks have been working alongside MHA Head of Numeracy, Kieran MacHugh, and Head of Literacy, Allison Cowan, to effectively communicate health and wellbeing to students in keeping with Financial… Continue reading..
Over 3 million households are overcharged for their energy
New research from Uswitch has revealed widespread billing mistakes among energy suppliers, costing customers around £280 million. Recent upgrades to new billing systems by a number of the big six energy suppliers are being blamed for many of the issues. Between 7.5% and 15.8% of customers were charged too much due to supplier errors, and… Continue reading..
IVAs At Highest Ever Level
The amount of individual voluntary arrangements registered has increased by over 20% in the past year, with 14,571 registered in the April-June quarter of 2014. This has lead to a 5.1% increase in the number of people who became insolvent compared to last year, despite the number of bankruptcies and and debt relief orders decreasing…. Continue reading..
Three Quarters of Renters Have Never Switched Energy Supplier
Ofgem’s 2014 Consumer Engagement survey has revealed a massive lack of awareness among tenants regarding their rights to switch suppliers, despite the considerable savings that can be made with different tariffs. 1 in 5 tenants didn’t know that they could change supplier, despite an Ofgem ruling that if you are directly responsible for paying your… Continue reading..
Improvements in creditor response times under new FCA regime
Harrington Brooks reports significant changes in creditor behaviour since the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) began their new regime and also outlines plans for a smoother working relationship with the creditor community. Since the advent of changes in the regulation of the consumer credit sector on 1 April 2014, we have found there to be a… Continue reading..
How to Revamp Your Home on a Budget
If you want to increase the appeal of your home, for yourself or a prospective buyer, there are plenty of ways to do it without breaking the bank. Here are our top tips for making the most of your home with minimal cost. De-Clutter & Clean It’s amazing what a ruthless spring clean can do… Continue reading..
Fear of Stinginess Costs £341 Every Year
Average UK adult is in £1,260 “social debt” after regularly overspending with friends, a survey by the Money Advice Service has shown. Three in five of UK adults say that they usually spend more than they plan to on social occasions, with more than a third “getting carried away”, and £341 being spent each year… Continue reading..
Church of England Battle Payday Lenders as FCA Issue Advertisement Warning
The Church Credit Champions Network (CCCN) has been launched by the Church of England, to encourage financial education, responsible lending and signpost alternatives to payday lenders. The network is piloting in the dioceses of Liverpool, London and Southwark. The news comes after the FCA released statistics that show one in five adverts from consumer credit… Continue reading..