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Green Network Energy & Simplicity Energy Cease Trading – What This Means for Consumers

On 27th January 2021, it was announced that energy suppliers Green Network Energy and Simplicity Energy have ceased trading. Ofgem state that Green Network Energy supplies gas and electricity to around 360,000 domestic customers as well as a smaller number of non-domestic customers. Simplicity Energy supplies gas and electricity to around 50,000 domestic customers. What does …

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Ofgem Announcement – Assistance for consumers struggling with energy bills

On 19th October 2020, Ofgem (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) announced plans to strengthen protections for energy customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills. From the 15th of December, these proposed new protections will be in place for energy customers. These will come in the form of new licence rules for …

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Changes to Fire Safety and Smoke Alarm Regulations from February 2021: What You Need to Know

From February 2021, all homes in Scotland will be subject to a new set of standards for Fire safety and smoke alarms. This has the intention of ensuring that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has the resources to its job effectively, and will ensure that residential properties in Scotland will have the required fire detection equipment …

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The Dread of Debt: Regaining Control of Your Finances

The UK consumer credit lending market demonstrated an increase in the amount of outstanding debt of approximately £9.9 billion over a two-year period between the end of 2017 and December 2019. To put this into context, this is just shy of two billion £5 notes. When you look at the repercussions of personal debt, 350 …

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Gym Memberships & Not Overdoing It – Physically or Financially

I did it! I finally made it past the induction and first stint on my own at the gym. The apprehension was awful. The walk to my first session was nerve-wracking, but nevertheless I did it! For the last two years, I’ve been trying to decide whether to commit to an annual membership or whether …

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Boxing for a Bargain – Boxing Day and January Sales: Avoiding ‘Binge Buying’ and Fighting in the Aisles

In 2018 it was estimated that on Boxing Day alone, UK consumers spent approximately £8.8 million a minute on sales which offered up to 90% off the regular ‘day-to-day’ prices. The enticement of the massive reduction in the regular price of items for consumers can mean that many make purchases that are not entirely necessary. …

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“Waste not want not” – Avoiding Food waste – Food Planning for Christmas Day and Making the Most of Leftovers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and unfortunately the most wasteful in terms of the amount of food that is bought, cooked and ultimately disposed of. Christmas is a costly time for the majority of consumers, with last year’s average spend on food, drink and festive treats stacking up to a gigantic estimate …

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Colder and Darker and Costly, Oh My – Planning Energy Costs Over the Winter Months

We are fast approaching that time of the year when the weather doesn’t know quite what to do. It’s sunny one minute, with bitter winds and lashing rain the next. The heating is on and off intermittently as the colder evenings draw in and electricity usage increases as we are forced to light our homes …

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Surviving to Thriving Whilst Living on a Budget: Our Top Tips

My grandmother used to tell me she could remember the times when she could get a night at the cinema (with treats) followed by fish & chips on the way home, and still have change leftover from ten pence! Nowadays, a visit to the cinema is an expensive treat, with the average ticket price for …

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