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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

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The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

    New green savings bonds

    New green savings bonds

    The government has launched its new green investment bond for savers. The money raised will go to the Treasury and it says help pay for existing green priorities such as making transport cleaner and supporting energy efficiency. Individuals can put up to £100,000 into the National Savings & Investments green bond. It will pay 0.65% a year for three years. But there are dozens of similar products that pay a lot more. Is that the price of going green with your finances? We hear from Becky O’Connor, head of pensions and savings at Interactive Investor.

    If your energy firm has gone bust and you’re on a low income can you still get the £140 warm home discount off your winter electricity bill? We cut through the confusion with the help of energy analyst Ellen Fraser from Baringa consultants.

    The pensions gender gap is estimated to be more than double the earnings gap between men and women. But why do pensions magnify the disparity between men’s and women’s pay? Why are women losing out? And how can young women today ensure they're not on the wrong side of a pensions gap when they retire in future? Money Box researcher Anita Langary, and Daniela Silcock, head of policy research at the Pensions Policy Institute, explain.

    And Money Box reporter Dan Whitworth investigates the case of a graduate who has got back the £1100 she overpaid on her student loan — six years late. Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, explains how to find out if you have overpaid the Student Loans Company, and how to get your money back.

    Presenter: Paul Lewis
    Producer: Paul Waters
    Reporter: Dan Whitworth
    Researcher: Anita Langary

    • 28 min
    Turning our money green

    Turning our money green

    Many financial products are labelled as green, sustainable or ethical but how can you be sure that your mortgage, investment or pension really does have a positive environmental impact? What are the options and where can you find the information you need?

    Why not join the conversation with Felicity Hannah and guests on Wednesday's Money Box Live. e-mail moneybox@bbc.co.uk now and please include a phone number if you'd like to take part.

    On the panel:

    Lily Tomson, Share Action.
    Rebecca O’Connor, Interactive Investor.
    Jeannie Boyle, EQ Investors.

    Presenter: Felicity Hannah
    Producers: Paul Waters and Diane Richardson
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 33 min
    The future of face-to-face debt advice

    The future of face-to-face debt advice

    Debt advisers in England fear that government plans to change the way their service is funded will see big cuts in the amount of face-to-face advice available.

    We hear from a woman who says in-person debt advice helped turn her life around, in a way that online of over the phone assistance could never match. And debt adviser Amy Taylor, who is chair of the Greater Manchester Money Advice Group, tells us about the impact the changes could have in face-to-face help for people in her region.

    The parents and guardians of young people who lack mental capacity are still being denied access to their child trust funds, despite the government promising to look at the problem a year ago. In the wake of this week's House of Lords debate on the issue, we hear from campaigning parent Andrew Turner on changes he would like to see to the current expensive, difficult and lengthy legal process facing families who want to access the cash their children need.

    And as three more energy suppliers go bust this week, Dermot Nolan, the former chief executive of the energy regulator Ofgem, tells us what he thinks is wrong with the system... and how it should change.

    Presenter: Paul Lewis
    Producer: Paul Waters
    Reporter: Dan Whitworth
    Researcher: Anita Langary
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 25 min
    Spending Black

    Spending Black

    Joice Etutu hears about some of the financial, mentoring and marketing initiatives supporting black entrepreneurs. Can business know-how and raising consumer awareness help to bring about positive change and address economic equality?

    We’d love to hear from you too, e-mail moneybox@bbc.co.uk with your ideas and experiences.

    Presenter: Joice Etutu
    Producer: Diane Richardson
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 32 min
    Small businesses 'overlooked' in energy crisis

    Small businesses 'overlooked' in energy crisis

    Hundreds of thousands of small businesses are not covered by the energy price cap which sets a maximum charge for each unit of electricity and gas. The existing cap only applies to domestic customers. Many small businesses have seen their bills soar over the last few weeks.

    Edinburgh University is denying some students access to its healthcare service because the GP register is full. But can the students claim for having to go private?

    And the contactless payment limit on your cards will rise to £100 next Friday. Some banks are letting customers choose their limit.

    Presenter: Paul Lewis
    Reporter: Kafui Okpattah
    Researcher: Anita Langary
    Producer: Alex Lewis
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 29 min
    Energy Prices

    Energy Prices

    As temperatures drop and energy prices rise we're talking about bills, energy providers and switching on Wednesday's Money Box Live.

    What are your rights if your energy supplier stops trading? What happens about credits you’ve built up or money you owe? Do you have a say about the new tariff you’re moved to and is financial support available if you’re worried about paying your bills?

    We’d love to hear your energy stories, questions and views so e-mail moneybox@bbc.co.uk now. Please include a phone number if you’d like to chat to presenter Adam Shaw and guests on Wednesday.

    Presenter: Adam Shaw
    Producer: Diane Richardson
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 37 min

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