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Scottish Friendly’s Disposable Income Index looks at the variations in how much money households have left at the end of the month and a key variable we look at is how young people fare compared to older age groups. An area of concern we’ve highlighted over several issues of our quarterly report into the nation’s households’ financial situation is that the median disposable income is…


October 1987 is ingrained in the nation’s psyche for two reasons. Most amusingly – although for many it was anything but funny – is that it was the time BBC weatherman Michael Fish confidently reassured an enquiring viewer that her sister’s hearsay that a storm was on the way was erroneous. Mr Fish has now had to live with 30 years of ribbing that his…


Well, what a super weekend that was! There was some contrast between the Manchester teams, with City destroying Stoke, and United putting in a dire performance against Liverpool! Manchester City look better than anyone else in the league at the moment, with Kevin De Bruyne a class above anyone else on the pitch. His quality of passing, weight of pass, and vision was exemplary and…


Thank goodness the international break is over and we can get back to talking about everyone’s favourite league – the Premier League, of course! We are most certainly in for an enthralling welcome back, with the action kicking off in the North, as Man United make the trip down to Anfield. Liverpool have had a stuttered start to the season, but United’s visit could be…


We analyse the latest Premier League games in our all-important round up including Manchester City’s dominant display against champions Chelsea! It was wins for all of the top three on Saturday, with Manchester City defeating Chelsea in the headline game that had them reclaim the top spot. City’s Kevin de Bruyne scored the only goal of the game when he smashed a beautiful strike past…


Hey, folks! It’s that time of the week where we give you our preview ahead of the Premier League games. West Ham take on Swansea City with the hope of getting some crucial points as they continue to battle at the bottom of the table. Slaven Bilić’s stragglers have lost four in six this term, and their only win has come against Huddersfield. Joe Hart…


The UK is stuck in a rut of economic uncertainty. The country is awaiting the outcome of Brexit negotiations and the impact this will have on the wider economy and, even though employment levels are continuing to rise, this is tempered by the reality that wages are stagnating in real terms as inflation increases but the size of our pay packets does not. In short,…


In mid-September, the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour took the hilarious children’s author and screen-writer Ciaran Murtagh to meet and make laugh pupils from 12 schools from across Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire and Falkirk. Ciaran has written over 30 books and regularly writes for well-known children’s programmes including the Amazing World of Gumball, Diddy TV, Mr Bean and Shaun the Sheep. Before moving into writing, he…


There are plenty of talking points following the weekend’s football action – with plenty of goals, gripping matches and, of course, Super Saves! We’re here to bring you our take on the latest Premier League weekend! Manchester City continued their unbeaten streak in the Premier League with a comfortable 5-0 victory over bottom of the table Crystal Palace who are still yet to pick up…


There are plenty of gripping games this weekend, with eight matches on Saturday and Brighton vs Newcastle on Sunday. The weekend kicks off at the Olympic Stadium where West Ham take on Tottenham. Spurs will be firm favourites, especially with their recent run of form away from home. What they did at Everton was fantastic and we should expect plenty of goals, so it could…