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Emerging From Lockdown

May 2021

With the UK COVID vaccination programme in full swing and over 30 million people now vaccinated, thoughts are turning to relaxation of rules, going to social events, holidays and seeing friends and family again.

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Setting realistic goals for the year ahead

January 2021

The new year is typically a time when many of us get started on our new year’s resolutions and make plans for the year ahead. Psychologists tell us that looking positively towards the future is a human need to keep us from depression, so it stands to reason that making plans and goals, particularly in this year of uncertainty, is a good way to keep ourselves in good mental health. Here are a few tips for making plans that really stick

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How gambling your way out of a tight spot isn't the solution

October 2020

There is help to support people with a range of issues arising from gambling. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with this issue (signs can include mood disorders, blaming others or being secretive), detailed here are some suggestions that might help prevent a downward spiral.

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Money skills by age

October 2020

Many of us may be wishing that we’d been taught financial education at school or that our parents had given us better skills. The good news is that it’s not too late to educate yourself to be more organised and budget better while also sowing the seeds of financial awareness in your children or other youngsters in your life.

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Budgets are for life, not just for Christmas

December 2019

As we approach one of the most financially fraught times of the year, many of us will be trying to work out how much we can afford to spend at Christmas without going into debt.

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Volunteering: How giving your time for free could make your life richer

September 2019

Retirement can be a tricky time. As well as missing the income, you may also miss the routine of regular work and the interaction with colleagues.

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The good, the bad and the unexpected of retirement

March 2018

If you’ve ever wished that you could retire early, ditch the 9 to 5 and enjoy your freedom, you could be in for a few surprises. In 2016 we spoke with over 2,000 retirees and asked them three simple questions about their retirement.