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The Most Affordable UK Cities for Childcare

There’s been a 15% drop in the number of childcare providers in the UK since 2018, according to recent research. And, with the UK being the third most expensive place for childcare among members of the OECD, sourcing and paying for childcare is becoming increasingly more difficult. Yet, childcare is a necessity for most parents.

To help us to understand the impact it’s having on parents, we’ve discovered the most affordable and the most expensive cities for childcare in the UK.

13 February 2024

7 min read


What does a romance scam look like?

Anyone could be the victim of a romance scam. The criminals who run these scams are experts at researching victims. They understand human nature, and how to manipulate people to gain affection, confidence and trust. And they create detailed backgrounds for the characters they create – they build convincing profiles on dating apps and websites, social media and chatrooms.

8 February 2024

3 min read

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Could it be a romance scam

Online dating can be a great way to get to know someone and find love or friendship. But it’s also one way for criminals to try to scam you. UK Finance reports that victims lost a total value of £31.3 million to romance scams in 2022.

8 February 2024

4 min read

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