Author: Scott Duran

Scott Duran

Scott Duran leads Voluntary News as our Editor in Chief, spearheading our commitment to unbiased journalism. With a career steeped in ethical reporting, Scott champions integrity and accuracy in every story. His vision drives the team towards delivering credible and impactful news for our readership. scott@voluntarynews.org.uk

As the year draws to a close, the collective focus shifts towards financial stability in preparation for the forthcoming year. With recent festive spending looming large, many Britons seek ways to solidify their financial foundations for a more secure 2024. Addressing these concerns, Emma-Lou Montgomery, Associate Director of Personal Investing at Fidelity International, has outlined a comprehensive roadmap towards financial independence. Montgomery advocates a proactive approach, emphasising the importance of personal financial goals and strategies tailored to individual circumstances. “Financial independence is deeply intertwined with our life choices,” she asserts, highlighting its impact on career decisions, education pursuits, family planning,…

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The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) gears up for its concluding rendezvous of the year, a pivotal session to decide on interest rates that significantly impact mortgage rates across UK banks. Having steadily increased interest rates over 14 consecutive meetings, the central bank reached a zenith with a 15-year high of 5.25%. These adjustments aimed to exert pressure on consumer spending and curb inflation. However, the MPC refrained from further hikes in both the September and November meetings following a discernible deceleration in inflation rates. The imminent meeting arrives against the backdrop of recent economic indicators hinting at…

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The North Sea, a tempestuous body of water ensconced between Great Britain, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany, has long been a battleground where humanity grapples with the unpredictable whims of nature. Henk Buitjes, a seasoned Dutch shrimp fisher, epitomizes the indomitable spirit required to navigate its treacherous waters. In a heart-stopping encounter, Buitjes found himself at the mercy of a monstrous wave during a night of tumultuous weather. As he hauled in his nets, a colossal wave lurched towards his vessel, colliding with one of its crucial beams. The impact was a deafening reminder of the sea’s unforgiving…

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