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    News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe

    £106bn - a price worth paying for HS2?
    Sean and Louise look at the future for the HS2 rail line. A leaked review says the bill is rising. They also consider the impact of pre-pack insolvencies on suppliers.

    Climate Countdown
    Sean heads to Glasgow to find out what the city and its businesses are doing to cut carbon. It comes as Microsoft sets new, ambitious targets on the environment.

    Are you working too hard?
    The latest on Flybe with the woman who was there when it all began, an aviation policy expert and the representative of UK railways. Plus a former Twitter boss on work life balance. Download and subscribe on the BBC Sounds app.

    Money Box
    The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.

    Should students pay council tax?
    Four students studying at Durham University received a surprise bill for Council Tax. They were billed hundreds of pounds for a period when no -one was living in the property over the summer. The local authority said that as students they were exempt from the tax but only when they were actually living there. We speak to the editor of the Council Tax Handbook. Police forces across the UK have seen a recent spike in cases of what is called courier fraud. Criminals persuade older people to take cash out of the bank and then give it to a courier to keep it safe. What can potential victims do to avoid being scammed? Earlier this year we looked at the history of financial mistakes. We asked listeners to get in touch with their biggest financial mistakes. A number of people told us theirs was buying a flat with Grenfell-style cladding and then being billed tens of thousands of pounds for its removal. We hear from people in this position. Presenter: Paul Lewis Producer: Alex Lewis Editor: Emma Rippon

    MBL: How to buy a property without help from mum and dad
    For many young people buying a home can seem like an impossible dream. High property prices, no way of saving for a big deposit and worries about paying for a hefty mortgage. But it's not all doom and gloom. Plenty of people are buying their first homes and the programme will hear from some of them. There are some cautionary tales though and we'll hear about those too. Felicity Hannah is joined by - Kate Faulkner, property market analyst and commentator, Ella Cheney, shared ownership programme manager at the National Housing Federation and BBC journalist Thea de Gallier who focuses on housing issues. Producer: Ben Carter Editor: Emma Rippon

    Travelex customers face continued chaos
    Council tenants on Universal Credit are much more likely to be in rent arrears than those who don’t get the benefit. That’s according to research carried out by Money Box. We surveyed local authorities for 12 of the largest cities across Britain and found tens of thousands of people having to manage this debt. The numbers also suggest not only are people on the benefit more likely to be in arrears, but they’re likely to owe much more too. We find out why. Proposals about how to reform leasehold laws in England and Wales have been described as 'nothing more than tinkering' by campaigners. We speak to Professor Nick Hopkins the member of the Law Commission responsible for this report. And foreign exchange company Travelex is still closed for business after a ransom attack eleven days ago. We find out what this means for its customers. Presenter: Paul Lewis Reporter: Howard Mustoe Producer: Alex Lewis Editor: Emma Rippon

    On The Money
    Declan Curry brings you lively analysis of the big business stories that are making the headlines.