A mixed bag of treats in this week’s money sections
Taking a look at the tallies of which stories are dominating column inches this week, the first thing you notice is that investment stories have taken a tumble, falling from 25 per cent of all stories to only 6 per cent. Indeed, the Express was the only paper to cover this section this week with a piece warning investors over the perils of the buy-to-let market.
Taking up the slack it seems are Savings, Pensions and Tax. These topics dominated Money Mail, accounting for 17 per cent apiece. Sylvia Morris looked at how savers are being frustrated by arduous money-laundering rules, while Becky Barrow warned that 12 million private sector workers and pensioners could face a 25 per cent cut in their retirement income. James Coney (@jimconey) told of taxpayers’ woe with HMRC sending bills out of the blue demanding more money from pensioners and low income individuals who have more than one source of income.
Meanwhile, charity stories made a comeback with the Mail reporting on debt firms which are posing as charities. Misleading names have caused the Office of Fair Trading to clamp down.
In other news, Tricia Phillips, Daily Mirror tells readers how to protect their homes from the big freeze with tips on how to reduce the risk of damage – it seems insurers last year had to pay out £644 million.
Total tallies as follows: