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AdminBox announces the launch of its free account

AdminBox is pleased to accounce the launch of its free account. The free account gives consumers free access to AdminBox features for a number of main household bill categories, including car insurance, breakdown, energy, broadband, credit cards, hom... Read More

  • 14 Dec 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

OneSelect ceases trading a day after Citizens Advice Bureau ranked it as the worst energy supplier

According to its latest ranking, energy supplier OneSelect has come bottom of the table. A day after the rankings were published, OneSelect ceased trading. It is the ninth energy supplier this year to stop trading. Ofgem will pass customer accounts t... Read More

  • 10 Dec 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Ovo Energy and Scottish Power take on customers of failed suppliers

Extra Energy and Spark Energy were two energy suppliers that ceased trading in the last few weeks. Customers of both of these suppliers are safe in that their energy supply will continue. Ofgem has appointed Scottish Power to take on Extra Energy'... Read More

  • 28 Nov 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Another energy supplier goes bust as Ofgem seeks to tighten rules

Yet another energy supplier has gone bust. Extra Energy was a smaller energy supplier with over 100,000 domestic customers and 21,000 businesses. Ofgem has a safety net in place, which means the energy supply of Extra Energy's customers will conti... Read More

  • 22 Nov 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Survey shows regional variations in energy switching

A recent report from Experian claims that more than 35m people in the UK are paying much more than they could by not switching.  If they switched to better value financial and utility products, these households could save as much as £288 a year.  ... Read More

  • 21 Nov 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Virgin Media and EE are both fined for overcharging customers

Virgin Media and EE have been fined by Ofcom for overcharging customers who chose to exit their broadband and phone contracts before the end date. Ofcom stated that 400,000 EE customers who cancelled agreements early were over-billed, and combined pa... Read More

  • 16 Nov 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Ofgem announces introduction of energy price cap on 1 January 2019

Today Ofgem announced that the much awaited energy price cap will come into force on 1st January 2019. The energy price cap is intend to bring to the market price protection for 11 million energy customers on poor value standard variable rate tariffs... Read More

  • 06 Nov 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Financial Conduct Authority launches market study into home and motor insurance pricing

The FCA has announced the findings of a general insurance market study which looked into pricing practices across general insurance categories. General insurance generates around £80bn in premiums for insurance companies, with home and motor insuranc... Read More

  • 01 Nov 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

The cost of customer loyalty - Plusnet

The reason AdminBox was set up was due to frustration. The agonising, painful frustration of having to deal with non-sensical illogical companies who take your money with little concern for customer service. Recently, Citizens Advice published resear... Read More

  • 31 Oct 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

UK energy bills increase 21 percent in only five months

New research from MoneySupermarket has found that the average cost of the cheapest energy tariffs in the market has spiked by 21%. The average annual cost of the cheapest energy tariffs is now £1,042, an increase of £178 since May 2018. This price ri... Read More

  • 23 Oct 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

More than half of all consumers are on variable energy tariffs

Yesterday, Ofgem released its annual State of The Energy Market report. There have been some positive developments over the course of the last year, including more people switching, but more than half of all consumers remain on variable energy tariff... Read More

  • 12 Oct 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

More people struggling to pay household bills says StepChange charity

According to the debt charity StepChange, there has been an increase in the number of people approaching the charity who are struggling to pay their basic household bills. Some 30% of people looking for debt support from the charity said they owed mo... Read More

  • 04 Oct 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

£877 a year average loyalty penalty to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority

Congratulations to the Citizens Advice Bureau who have launched a 'super complaint' with the Competition and Markets Authority. The charity found that across specific categories (mobile phones, broadband, home insurance, savings and mortgages), an es... Read More

  • 28 Sep 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

AdminBox does NOT screen scrape your accounts

AdminBox requires just ONE username and password from its users.  This contrasts with competing websites and apps who require not only a username and password to access their platforms, but they also require usernames and passwords of each and eve... Read More

  • 27 Sep 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Mobile phone providers continue to charge users AFTER handset contract has ended

Research from Citizens Advice shows that three major mobile providers charge users for their handset AFTER the cost has been covered as part of their fixed contract deal. Some 4 million users are paying around £38 a month for a handset they have alre... Read More

  • 19 Sep 2018
  • By: Emma Bruce

Adminbox partners with Quotezone to help users save money on bills

Adminbox, the leading household bills dashboard service, has partnered with Quotezone to provide its users with further tools to save money on household bills. Quotezone is one of only 11 price comparison websites that are accredited by Ofgem. Quotez... Read More

  • 14 Sep 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Why it's important to use more than one comparison site

This week I had to renew my car insurance. It's due in four weeks time, so I organised it exactly four weeks in advance. My existing insurer is Hastings Direct - but I have yet to receive my renewal letter. I visited the following different websites ... Read More

  • 05 Sep 2018
  • By: Emma Bruce

UK households failing to keep up payments on basic household bills

According to the Citizens Advice Bureau, UK households are failing to keep up payments on their basic household bills, such as council tax, water and energy repayments. According to the bureau, the total amount outstanding is a staggering £18.9bn in ... Read More

  • 01 Sep 2018
  • By: Emma Bruce

Why you'll save money with AdminBox

AdminBox will help you save money. How, you ask? Well, let's take just one of our categories, car insurance. Save money on your car insurance Typically, most people are busy. They'll get a reminder from their current car insurance company TWO W... Read More

  • 25 Aug 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Make important notes on your household suppliers with AdminBox

Household admin is a pain. How do you find dealing with customer services of your suppliers? You try to find their telephone number on their website, which more often than not is hidden at the back end of their 'Help' pages. You call them and then yo... Read More

  • 24 Aug 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

UK household bills continue to increase

Recent news articles demonstrate that household bills are continuing to increase. According to Money Saving Expert's BIlls Tracker, household bills have increased by 2.2% over 12 months to June 2018. Whilst most household categories have remained sta... Read More

  • 16 Aug 2018
  • By: Emma Bruce

UK households are overpaying £4bn on energy bills

Household admin is a pain. According to new research by energy supplier, Bulb, some UK households are paying far too much for their energy bills. Some 12 million households are on a standard variable tariff with the big six energy suppliers and overp... Read More

  • 07 Aug 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Adults carry out 109 life admin tasks per year

According to a study covered by The Independent in January 2018, household admin tasks like sorting out insurance, checking bank accounts and paying credit cards are taking up a lot of our time. More than half of people fail to complete tasks by the ... Read More

  • 05 Aug 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

What does the AdminBox Dashboard look like

This is a Dummy Account, showing what a typical AdminBox Dashboard might look like. The Dashboard is built by adding service providers. The AdminBox Dashboard gives you a single view of your household admin, and agreements. Each of these has more det... Read More

  • 04 Aug 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Millions miss out on better savings rates by not switching savings accounts

The FCA this week stated the millions of people are missing out on better savings rates by not switching accounts. A large number of people don’t switch on leave money in old accounts on which the introductory rate has passed.  After the Bank of E... Read More

  • 04 Aug 2018
  • By: Emma Bruce

Dealing with car insurance renewal issues - your stories

Everyone has problems with household admin and utilities, but some car insurance company procedures defy logic. One particular bugbear is the admin fee to change a vehicle or change an address - on top of the change to the premium. Here are some real... Read More

  • 16 Jul 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

New 10 year fixed rate mortgages from Halifax and Lloyds

Halifax and Lloyds Bank have launched new 10 year fixed-rate mortgages. According to analysts, interest rates may be set to rise in the near future, so it may be worth locking in a fixed rate now. However, beware the exit fees if you decide to go for... Read More

  • 11 Jul 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Government proposes minimum three year rental term

Government proposals to give tenants a three year minimum rental agreement has provoked a mixed reaction. Whilst some tenants may prefer a longer agreement, landlords have met the proposals with anger. The proposals would restrict landlords' abili... Read More

  • 02 Jul 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

Automatic credit limit hikes still opt-out

This week the FCA failed to impose changes on credit card providers to stop automatic credit limit increases. Many people have their credit limits automatically increased, without permission. Customers still have to opt-out of automatic increases. So... Read More

  • 21 Jun 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman

How to save on your car insurance

The annual ritual of renewing car insurance isn't fun. However, it's a slightly less onerous experience if you know how to save a little extra. You can save more by organising your car insurance four weeks in advance. Here's how it works. Or at least... Read More

  • 20 Jun 2018
  • By: Paul Chapman