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At the beginning of July, the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour visited 10 secondary schools in the Teeside area with the fantastic poet Theresa Muñoz! Theresa is a Canadian-born poet, now living in Edinburgh, and the poems in her debut collection Settle explore 2 main themes: her own experiences of emigration and the impact of the digital age on today’s society. The sessions took place…


Borrowing is ballooning. In May, the Financial Times1 reported that “there is a large section of society drowning in personal debt, on credit cards, overdrafts, hire purchase and other high-cost credit.” Last week, the Daily Mail warned that “Debt charities say swathes of the country are living on the never-never, where one false move could plunge them into ruin.” Now these warnings are official. The…


The sun is out and it feels like we are well and truly into summer! For the next Scottish Friendly Children’s Book tour, the Scottish Book Trust Schools Team is heading to new territory south of the border. We will be visiting a number of schools across sunny Teesside with the exciting up-and-coming poet Theresa Muñoz. Her first poetry collection Settle explores contemporary issues including…


And so it comes to an end… The Great British Savings Challenge is over! One, two, three, aww! Hopefully there are some fatter piggy banks sitting proudly in our families’ homes after taking on our challenges. We’d like to thank Natalie and her dogs and Nikki and the Watt family for their hard work and penny pinching for each of the four challenges we set…


It’s now one year since Britain voted to Brexit and outside the temperature is sizzling. But it’s the financial heat that’s making many people across the UK feel particularly uncomfortable. The Prime Minister served the EU divorce papers in March this year and this week formal decree nisi negotiations began. The decree absolute could be, should be, 2019 but a softer Brexit may involve a…


Put down your shopping lists, smart phones and purses, your time is up! Our families took on The Great British Savings Challenge Finale and have told us how they got on. We tasked them to try earning some money by using free cash back sites for shopping they had planned to do anyway. Here’s how they got on… Natalie told us “I am a big…


A new study reveals Brits spend more time dithering over insignificant, day-to-day decisions, than they do considering important financial matters. The research, commissioned by Scottish Friendly*, reveals that people struggle far more making relatively trivial decisions about what to have for dinner or what to watch on Netflix than they do about making important choices about their financial future. Deciding what birthday or Christmas presents…


On Friday 16th June our administration system will be offline to allow a significant upgrade to our system. During this time you won’t be able to access our My Plans online portal or application forms for our product range. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but rest assured we’ll be up and running again by midday on Tuesday 20th June so please check back…


Scottish Friendly has welcomed the appointment of Lauren Child MBE as the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Child, whose appointment was announced on Wednesday 7th June 2017 in Hull, takes over from Chris Riddell, becoming the 10th children’s laureate. Over the next two years Child will champion children and reading nationwide. The Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour has taken all past children’s laureates on a tour…


Songs about how the young have the power and the idealism for change abound. Oh, Very Young by Cat Stevens, The Times They Are A Changin’ by Bob Dylan, David Bowie’s Changes and the Who’s iconic My Generation are among a few memorable odes to youth that endure. In my last blog, I was (metaphorically) shaking my head at the focus on the voting strength…