Money maestro, Martin Lewis on the myths and misunderstandings of further education finance to uncover the true cost of going to university. Are you a prospective student, or a parent worrying how the recent changes being made will impact your pockets. Maybe you think students should pay their own way?
STUDENT FINANCE: THE FACTS
The vast majority of people in the UK are heavily in debt with the populations credit card bill adding up to a huge fifty eight and a half billion pounds and the average household will be in almost eighty thousand pounds worth of debt by 2015. One of the major financial worries concerning families today is Student Finance and helping future students and parents to know about the true cost of a university education under the 2012 system. Thankfully, Martin Lewis is here to give us all some advice that you won’t have to fork out for.
STORY 1: UNIVERSITIES MAY 'BUY' TOP A-LEVEL STUDENTS
Middle-ranking universities may offer scholarships to lure AAB-grade students or higher away from elite universities. The highest performing A-level candidates could be tempted with cut-price deals on tuition fees from next year, as some English universities face increased pressure to maintain student numbers.
STORY 2: UK PUBLIC SECTOR DEBT ESTIMATED AT £135,000 PER HOUSEHOLD
Brokers have put the public sector debt at around £900billion. Close to 3.6trillion when the effects of bailing out the banks, public sector pension commitments and Private Finance Initiatives contracts are included. That represents £135,000 debt for every household. If you include private debts such as mortgages the sum rises to £5trillion.
STORY 3: Obama announces US deficit deal between party leaders
What impact will the US crisis have on the UK economy? US President Barack Obama says Republican and Democratic leaders have reached an agreement on raising the US debt limit and avoiding default.
He said the deal would cut $1tn of spending over 10 years, and set up a committee to report by November on a proposal to further reduce the deficit. But Congress still has to approve the deal, and with votes in both houses expected on Monday.
STORY 4: DEBT BUSTING!
Debt experts say the number of women falling into debt has risen in the past decade, in many cases due to overspending in attempts to emulate celebrities. Women now make up 40% of all people declared bankrupt compared with 29% in 2000, according to the Government-run Insolvency Service.
PART TWO – SAMANTHA BRETT AKA THE MAN WHISPERER
Have you had to pick up your husband’s dirty socks off the floor or take his wet towel off the bed this morning? Annoying isn’t it? Well, if you want tips on how to get the most out of your man then stay tuned for Samantha Brett, AKA, The Man Whisperer, who has a method of communicating with men that gets them to do exactly what she wants. Samantha says ALL men are trainable and that they actually want to be better husbands, boyfriends and lovers
PART THREE – KIRSTY MEETS THE REAL LIFE DEPUTY DAWG
Kirsty has been crusading around the country, investigating Picnics, PDAs, Chicken Hotels, Wolf Whistling, you name it, Kirsty’s cracked it. Today she meets an Essex Mayor with a real life Deputy Dawg...
Plus – we get to meet Gabby’s Boxer Dog, Sydney.
PART FOUR – DEBT CLINIC
Martin Lewis will be back to open up his first ever Wright Stuff Extra Debt Clinic.