Pick a question for Brown, Clegg & Cameron...MoneySaving Poll Results

Poll Started 13 April 2010:

Pick a question for Brown, Clegg & Cameron...

We’re going to put the key consumer finance questions to the leaders of the five big parties (Lab, Lib Dem, Plaid, SNP, Tory). To help us decide on the questions please vote for the most important issues for you.

Note – we’re focusing on consumer finance issues (not general economic or social policy issues) those that won’t be prime targets for the mainstream media, feel free to suggest other subjects too.


A. Bank Overdraft/Default Charges: What will you do over future and past charges?769 votes (8 %)
B. Council Tax: 400,000 homes are in the wrong band, will you reband in Eng & Scot?341 votes (4 %)
C. Credit Cards: How will you prevent excessive interest rates? 344 votes (4 %)
D. Debt Collection: How will you protect consumers from poor debt collection practices?248 votes (3 %)
E. Energy Bills: Will you help cut costs and/or profits?1,158 votes (12 %)
F. Existing Mortgages Holders: How will you help with new deals & protect if rates rise? 557 votes (6 %)
G. Financial Education in Schools: Will you legislate to make it compulsory?317 votes (3 %)
H. First Time Buyers: Will you help them get on the ladder? Is that currently wise? 530 votes (6 %)
I. Petrol Prices: It’s £1.20 a litre but much is tax – do you hope to cut prices? 3,144 votes (33 %)
J. Private Parking Tickets: Will you ban these or at least institute an appeals process?135 votes (1 %)
K. Savings Accounts: How will you help savers with pitiful rates?1,143 votes (12 %)
L. Stamp Duty: Will you make the tax gradual, so it only changes above each threshold?276 votes (3 %)
M. Tax Return Complexity: Do you do your own return? Is the process simple enough?162 votes (2 %)
N. The Unbanked: How will you help the 1.75m without accounts?102 votes (1 %)
O. Water Bills: Will people be able to challenge ‘rates’ if they think they’re overpaying?179 votes (2 %)

                   9,405 votes received.

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