personal finance

Credit Unions in Scotland : second report of session 2008-09

Report of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee looking at Credit Unions in Scotland. In particular, it looks at the future for Credit Unions in Scotland and the questions of financial exclusion and financial literacy and affordable lending, credit and debt.

Crunch time for Scotland's mental health : a SAMH report

Report investigating the effects of the 'credit crunch' on people's mental health and making recommendations as to how government and other agencies should respond to mental health challenges posed by economic recession.

Banking on good decisions

Paper arguing that more people with learning disabilities could become financially independent if banks (and support staff) had a clearer idea of what capacity really means.

A guide to epilepsy : what you need to know

Leaflet containing general information about epilepsy and its effects such as its symptoms, how it is treated and services and support available to enable epilepsy sufferers to carry out everyday activities such as education and employment.

Caring for someone with dementia: financial and legal tips

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia.

This information sheet looks at the importance for a person with dementia to organise their financial and legal affairs while they are still able to do so. This ensures that their affairs will be organised in the future in a way that they have chosen. A person with dementia may want a friend or family member to help them with this.

Enduring power of attorney, lasting powers of attorney and receivership

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This information sheet discusses options in the event of loss of mental capacity due to dementia. This may mean that someone else will need to manage legal, financial and health affairs of the person with dementia.

Personal finance education in schools : a UK benchmark study (Consumer research 50)

Paper revealing the results of a survey of over 1,000 schools carried out to assess the extent and quality of the provision of personal finance education with the purpose of establishing a benchmark measure of this subject in schools throughout the UK.

Building character

Report of a research project which studied the development of character capabilities contributing to life chances and the factors influencing their development. It concludes that the early years are the critical years in this regard and that parents are, consequently, the principal character builders in society.

Living from day to day : a research project on older family carers of people with learning disabilities

Report of a study which looked into the experiences, views and attitudes of older family carers who are living with and caring for adult relatives with learning disabilities with a view to finding out how local services can be more responsive to this group.