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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 17 April 2010 at 1204 BST On Radio 4 and Online

What rights do you have if your travel plans have been thwarted by an erupting volcano?

Volcanic ash from Iceland has grounded aeroplanes at UK, and some European, airports since Thursday.

Money Box looks at natural disaster insurance claims.

Who wants to be chancellor?

In the first of three interviews with the men who each hope to be the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the next Parliament, Paul Lewis questions Alistair Darling.

The current Chancellor tells Paul what we can expect for our taxes, pensions and spending, if Labour wins the general election.

Counter culture

A major charity is calling for banks and building societies to improve access to cash, after Money Box revealed last week that Nationwide is restricting counter access for cash card customers.

The building society said its decision to stop people with these basic accounts withdrawing less than £100 in branch will reduce queues and that its what customers want.

But Age UK says this raises safety concerns.

It says some vulnerable people are afraid of being mugged at cash machines, and that taking out large amounts over the counter could also make them targets.

Nationwide said fewer than 5% of the customers affected are over 70, and said that they can use an in-branch ATM or get smaller amounts out at the Post Office.

Jane Vass from Age UK speaks to Paul Lewis, and Money Box surveys cash-withdrawal policies at other building societies and banks.

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Carers credit

The programme also looks at the new credit that carers can apply for, so they can get a full state pension.

Paul Lewis speaks to advice and information manager at Carers UK, Jean French.

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box is broadcast on Saturday at 1204 BST and repeated on Sunday at 2102 BST.

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