Survey shows £300 bill for back to school basics

Christine Kapak
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School might be out for summer but there’s a lesson still to be learned about the importance of pre-term budgeting. It comes after a recent survey from Equifax (September, 2016) found the combined cost of parents getting their children ready for September is nearly £300*.
From new uniforms to stationery, sports gear to getting a new school bag, the research by credit information firm Equifax found parents rack up an average of £296.82, with technology, including tablets and mobile phones, making up a big proportion of the cost.

Stand up to feel good in the office

Gillian Cooper
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Standing up generally gets a bad press. How many times have we heard our mums or mates complain 'Oh I've been on my feet all day,' and shot a sympathetic smile their way and a few consolatory words.
In fact, recent studies show their efforts could be bringing benefits to their health and general well-being.

What’s the deal with belly fat? Men's Health Week 12-18 June 2017

Gillian Cooper
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It's often jokingly referred to as the 'spare tyre' but, unlike the vehicular kind, this one is much more likely to cause us trouble rather than get us out of it.
We're talking, of course, about belly fat which, between 12th and 18th June this year, forms the focus of Men's Health Week - the annual nationwide initiative aimed at promoting longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Is your pay protected?

Gillian Cooper
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What would you do if you couldn’t work? A new survey, by Legal & General has revealed that less than a quarter (24%) of British employees know that Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is currently set at less than £100 per week. In fact it is currently just £88.45 a week for up to 28 weeks.
The latest official figure puts the average UK weekly wage at £496, from which the take home wage is £400 a week. With SSP coming in at just £88.45 a week, it’s easy to see that the sums just don’t add up. If you can’t work, SSP doesn’t go very far in plugging the hole in your finances.