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How to split bills as a student

Published On: December 18, 2019 at 10:21 am


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The first semester is coming to an end, Fresher’s Week is a distant memory and most students are part of the way through a tenancy agreement and settled into their accommodation. Unfortunately it’s not always this blissful. Money will always be an issue when sharing accommodation, so bill-splitting provider, Glide have provided us with their top tips on how to avoid arguments over bills.

Take the stress out of monthly bills

Rather than the pressure being on one person, use a bill splitting service to make sure that everyone has equal responsibility and no way of avoiding it or forgetting about it! Bill splitting services allow students to just pay their split of the bill, and mean they don’t have to worry what their housemates are doing (or not doing). 

Use other apps

Services such as Monzo and Uber allow bill splitting at the touch of a button. So whether it’s your cheeky takeaway, late-night taxi home, or just a bit of food shopping for the house, the price can be easily divided between multiple users.


A conversation needs to be had about what falls under shared responsibility and what some people should be paying more towards. Things like toilet roll and washing-up liquid, and bills like broadband are for everybody to chip into, but it’d be unfair to ask your vegan housemate to pay an equal share of the food shop if you all shop together. Equally, that housemate that sits around in shorts, but has their radiator on all the time should be paying more towards the heating bill.

Make the most of discounts

This one isn’t a bill splitting, but will definitely lessen money worries. Sign up to services like UNiDAYS and Student Beans for discounts on hundreds of brands, buy an NUS Totem card to get discount at shops like the Cooperative. Use your university email address to get discounted microsoft, adobe and spotify subscriptions. And if you’re feeling really brave, ask independent businesses like shops cafes and restaurants if they do, or would be willing to do student discount. 

Former MP Becomes Chair of Company that Fights Fuel Poverty

Published On: June 29, 2017 at 8:14 am


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A former government minister and MP has become the chair of a company that fights fuel poverty in England.

Former MP Becomes Chair of Company that Fights Fuel Poverty

Former MP Becomes Chair of Company that Fights Fuel Poverty

Mike Foster, the former Labour MP for Worcester and Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), has now been appointed as Non-Executive Chair of Affordable Warmth Solution (AWS), a community interest company that was set up by National Grid in 2008 to help tackle fuel poverty in the UK.

AWS works in some of the most deprived communities in England, offering new gas connections free of discounted gas central heating systems, and advice on energy efficiency and tariffs.

AWS also delivers the Fuel Poor Network Extension programme, set out by the energy regulator Ofgem, for Cadent Gas, which covers the West Midlands, East of England, north London and the North West.

Foster took over the un-paid role of chair at the company’s annual meeting on 27th June.

Commenting on his appointment, Foster says: “Tackling fuel poverty in the UK has become a real passion for me, now I work in this sector. That’s why I was thrilled and delighted to be asked to take on this new role. AWS has a tremendous record in delivering schemes that tackle fuel poverty. I hope we can deliver many more programmes in the years to come, as together, we our partners, we try and eliminate fuel poverty.

“Fuel poverty is a fact of life for over four million UK households. People live in cold, expensive to heat homes, which manifests itself in poor health as well as impacting upon the quality of life for all living there. We are one of the richest countries in the world, yet 40,000 people die early each year as a result of the cold.”

He continues: “Fitting first time central heating systems, connected to the gas grid, is a proven way of tackling fuel poverty. Gas tariffs are considerably cheaper than electric, and gas central heating is a popular and flexible way to heat a home. More than eight in ten of us benefit from gas central heating.

“At a time when energy prices are high on the political agenda, I am confident that fuel poverty concerns will become a greater focus for policymakers, and I know that AWS can make a real contribution to the debate of how to tackle fuel poverty.”