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Counting the cost of the riots

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 27 August 2011 at 1204 BST on Radio 4 and Online

People who lost their homes and possessions in the riots earlier this month are complaining that some mortgage lenders are not doing enough to help them.

They've asked for their mortgage payments to be suspended for long enough to organise their lives once again but say their banks don't seem willing to go the extra mile.

Bob Howard has been talking to people who lost almost everything in the riots in Tottenham, North London.

The programme also hears from Rob Garnham, Chairman of The Association of Police Authorities.

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Proposed changes to council tax benefit

Almost six million low income households in the UK get a reduction in their Council Tax Bill through the means-tested Council Tax Benefit.

It now costs close on £5 billion a year and in an age of austerity, the Government decided to cut 10% - almost £500mn - off the bill.

Some people, like pensioners - who account for nearly half the beneficiaries - will be protected, leaving the cuts to fall on younger households.

A consultation has just been launched in England asking for ideas on how the planned cuts could be made by local authorities. Similar consultations are expected in Scotland and Wales.

Housing Minister, Grant Shapps and Phil Agulnik, Director of the benefits organisation Entitled to join the programme.

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RBS stop poorer customers from using rivals ATM's

Last week Royal Bank of Scotland announced that it was going to stop its basic bank account holders from using cash machines owned by its rivals.

That decision will affect hundreds of thousands of customers.

RBS has blamed its decision on its inability to recover the costs involved, typically 20-30p per withdrawal, from its customers use other banks cash machines. This is because basic bank account holders provide no revenue stream for the bank.

Paul Lewis talks to Andrew Tyrie, Chairman of the Commons Treasury Select Committee.

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Riding the stock market rollercoaster

A raft of poor economic data in the UK and USA, plus fears about indebted countries in the Eurozone has led to volatility in the world's stock markets.

To make matters worse, there are concerns that higher inflation, job losses and limited wage rises will further undermine consumer confidence.

Some shares - particularly banking shares have seen millions - wiped off their value. So what factors should investors bear in mind during the turbulence?

Justin Urquhart Stewart, Seven Investment Management joins the programme.


Good deals for savers? *Web extra*

Michelle Slade, head of personal finance at Moneyfacts, talks to Paul about the best savings rates available at the moment.


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