Advice on sorting out money matters

Pensions changes may not hold great value
Pensions changes may not hold great value

Money and relationships are famed for starting rows but a local debt counselling agency is recommending you get talking about finances early in 2016.

Christians Against Poverty says having “the money conversation” with a partner can be one of the hardest things to do but it is a move that can really change your year ahead.

Leanne Briggs, Centre Manager of the Mid Armagh CAP branch said: “I see people who have fallen into crisis debt every week and I can tell you it is crucial for your health and happiness in 2016 that you have a reality check of your finances as soon as you can in this New Year.

“It might be nerve wracking to bring those bank statements out into the open but until you both know what’s happening, you can’t start to tackle it. Working at your finances together, setting goals together and resolving to sort things can be an amazing step forward for the whole family.” The Money Advice Service found in a poll of more than 2,000 UK adults that nearly half (45%) weren’t always honest with their partner about finances while a quarter were lying about spending.

To find out more about CAP see or call 0800 328 0006.