Is Adoption a good thing?
Jun03

Is Adoption a good thing?

Is adoption a good thing? One would automatically answer a resounding ‘YES!’ Finding children a secure ‘forever family’ in a loving home – What’s not to love? I recently attended a screening of the film ‘Mercy Mercy: A true portrait of adoption’ made by Katrine Rijs Kjær and organised by Dr Perlita Harris *Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Goldsmiths University, see below for recent publication and founder of the group TTAG where I...

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Where does my money go?
Aug13

Where does my money go?

Where does my money go? Sorry – it’s been a while since I last blogged… I’m rubbish at budgeting my time… things take us by surprise, suddenly you wonder where the week has gone. You end up tired and un-productive. It’s a bit like money too. We get the odd nasty shock that sucks money out of our pocket. Other times we wonder where it all went, and why at the end of the month we’re on the breadline and overdrawn. If that sounds like...

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Tiers of debt explained
Jul19

Tiers of debt explained

Adoption Arena asks Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for Somerset and finance expert to share some insights into the issue of ‘money’.  I always say if your going to ask for advice, get it from the top. ‘Tiers of debt’ explained quite simply delivers understanding into an area of life that many of us find ourselves in, sometimes through no fault of our own.   Albert Einstein called compound interest the eighth wonder of...

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Cashing up your cash
Jun24

Cashing up your cash

Cashing up your cash: Where do I get my money from? The first thing we need to do is work out where we get our income from, and how much money we have to live on.   The vast majority of our money comes from two sources. Earnings from work and money from benefits and tax credits. Whatever we might here in the popular press and from those who should know better, there is no shame in claiming benefits. It is not scrounging. The...

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The Big Budget Buckle down
Jun17

The Big Budget Buckle down

The Big Budget Buckle down Budgeting – take control of your money before it takes control of you…   Budgeting… Yawn… Next! Too often that’s our response. How on earth can that be interesting? I feel the same way about the washing up – but like the dishes, Budgeting is something that we’ve just got to do.   Citizens Advice ran a survey of people with money problems. It shows that 75% of people with money problems say that it...

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Are you in control of your money?
May27

Are you in control of your money?

Are you in control of your money? Or is money in control of you?  Most people agree that they could do with a bit more money. Ask them how much and it’s surprising that lots agree that somewhere around a third more would be about right. No matter their income or savings in the bank. A third more would be enough… Lots of studies have shown that money doesn’t make us happy. But being in control of our money gives us a lot more...

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