Posts tagged with ‘debt’

Tuition fees proposal almost a graduate tax

Sunday, 17 October 2010

I should start by saying I disagree with the whole idea of university tuition fees, and believe university education should be free as it used to be. The trouble is, that only worked when a smaller number of people attended university. Many people now go to university when it does little for their careers, and […]

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Income tax and bank charges

Monday, 28 April 2008

Last week the government seemingly did a u-turn over the scrapping of the 10 pence rate of income tax, although it is far from clear what form the compensation will take for people on lower incomes who will lose out under the new tax regime. It’s difficult to see how the government could have thought […]

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Don’t bank on keeping free cash

Saturday, 1 March 2008

It has emerged that customers in Northern Ireland who bank with the Nationwide building society, and who used cash machines belonging to Northern Bank, did not have the sums of money they withdrew debited from their accounts. The fault has existed since November, and 7,500 customers have been affected, withdrawing a total of £375,000 between […]

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Most people agree on bank charges

Thursday, 9 August 2007

My article on bank charges a few months ago prompted a few angry responses from people who claimed the current system of bank penalty charges is unfair. Under the current system, people who go overdrawn – borrowing their bank’s money without permission – are charged fees. Some commentators have suggested that if these fees are […]

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Save our bank charges!

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

For the first time, a bank has had its charges upheld in court. Since the Office of Fair Trading warned credit card providers last year that their penalty charges were excessive, causing all providers to cut fees to £12, people have been encouraged by numerous consumer groups to demand the refund of charges from bank […]

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£17,000 weddings a waste of money

Monday, 12 February 2007

The latest figure for the average cost of a wedding stands at a staggering £17,000. Now, it isn’t often I can say I agree with what the Church of England has to say on an issue, but the Church has produced a booklet suggesting that people should spend less on their big day, and on […]

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