Money Tips

Keeping Warm

Last Saturday the Daily Express warned of Six inches of snow to hit Britain next week as Arctic blast sends temperatures plummeting … which didn’t  happen. And the forecast for the next week is also fairly mild – so don’t panic: However the District Council website has had some stuff this week about keeping warm and saving money , which…
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Update: Flood Damage Help

From the District Council website: Update: Flood damage help To help residents affected by the recent severe weather, Rochford District Council will collect any flood damaged items free of charge. Please call our Customer Services team on 01702 318111 or email customerservices@rochford.gov.uk with your details. We also have special arrangements in place to deal with Council Tax queries from people…
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“… the world could be a much better place”

Southend Blogger Jack Monroe has a video in the Guardian today: “Jack Monroe, who writes the blog A Girl Called Jack, discusses how she became a popular austerity cook and food blogger while living below the poverty line, and demonstrates how to cook one of her signature dishes: the carrot, cumin and kidney bean burger. A selection of recipes from…
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Are You Planning To Have A Baby And Your Partner Earns More Than 50K A Year? Here’s A Useful Tip

From Scottish Lib Dem Blogger Caron Lindsay on the Child Benefit changes:   …..The thing that worried me, though, was that many stay at home parents, usually mothers, are given a National Insurance credit which goes towards their state pension until their youngest child is 12. What would happen to them if they were no longer claiming child benefit? Would…
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Jack’s Revamp

Southend Blogger Jack Monroe has revamped her site – It’s worth a look. Here’s an example: I’m often quoted as saying I spend around £10 a week on my food shopping for me and Small Boy, which is often met with a mixture of disbelief and shock, and a quick roving eye over my thin but soft-around-the-edges figure. The latest…
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“The Best Half-Hour I Have Spent On You-Tube”

There are some BIG misunderstandings about student loans. You only actually pay this loan back if you are earning enough money…. graduates only pay money back when they earning over £21,000 per year. And then they pay back 9% of whatever they earn above £21,000 per year. And this £21,000 level will be adjusted for inflation in future years. After…
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Could You Feed Yourself On £1 A Day For Five Days?

We’ve recently added links to three Southend blogs in our right sidebar. Rather neatly , there’s one Lib Dem, one Conservative and one Labour. Though we haven’t done this out of any deliberate political balance – they are all worth a look in their own right. Neil Monnery is a Liberal Democrat in Southend who writes in a thoughtful but…
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