Improve Money Rules In 50 Words. Suggest easy changes for our politicians

edited 29 January 2013 at 5:29PM in Martin's Blogs & Appearances & MoneySavingExpert in the News
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Improve Money Rules In 50 Words
What easy changes should our politicians make?

Politicians focus on big changes, but often it's the little things that could speedily be changed to make life better – many can be said in under 50 words.

We want your suggestions, from which we'll select the best to put into our 50 word Moneyfesto, which the PM, deputy PM and leader of the opposition have agreed to read - plus we'll send it to regulators and others who can make things happens.

Please make your 50 word suggestions...

To make a suggestion - just click reply and please format it as follows (you'll need to register for the forum to do so - don't worry its free - we just ask for registration to stop people spamming here)

"A brief headline of what the measure is.
Then a longer description of the exact problem and how it should be dealt with. Keep it as practical as possible, so there is a definitive action. In total NO MORE than 50 words please."

Important extra notes...

  • Pls only suggestions, no discussion.
  • This is only on MoneySaving issues please.... all non MoneySaving/inappropriate suggestions will be deleted). Yet it can be finance, energy, telephones, shopping anything MoneySaving.
  • Max one suggestion per post. You can post more than once though
  • No duplication please. Do check no one else has suggested it
  • This is for practical simple changes that positively benefit everyday lives. Not have a go at politicians thread. It's for small, easy practical changes. So things like "freeze MPs pay" or "Rewrite the tax system from scratch" won't make it.
Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.
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    edited 8 December 2010 at 12:08AM
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