Personal Finance Story of the Year

Winner: Special report: Why the system is failing victims, Faye Lipson, Which?

The story of the year element of the Headlinemoney Awards is now in its third year and allows journalists covering different parts of the financial services sector to showcase their very best work from the preceding 12 months. From a strong array of PF stories, the judges first whittled away around two-thirds of the initial submissions to end up with a shortlist of nine entries. These remaining stories were marked remotely, before the judges then came together to decide on an eventual winner.

Three stories stood out in particular and the winner was Faye Lipson’s investigation for Which? on how scam victims could potentially end up being ignored by the police fraud reporting system. “This was a really good story that, rightly, ended up attracting a lot of publicity,” one judge commented.


  • “A terrible shock: Council hands flat owner £146,000 bill“ Emma Lunn, The Guardian
  • Angels of the NHS abandoned Ben Wilkinson, Daily Mail
  • Champers and safaris: the secret diary of an SJP adviser Ali Hussain, The Sunday Times
  • Fleeced by fake taxmen Tom Kelly, Daily Mail
  • Illegal card fees Jonathan Gibson, BBC Birmingham
  • Mum owed £91,000 in child maintenance reveals reality of “unfit” DWP scheme Emma Munbodh, Daily Mirror
  • Revealed: the real risk of Woodford Holly Black, The Sunday Times
  • Special report: Why the system is failing victims Faye Lipson, Which?
  • What’s the cure for the NHS doctors’ pension crisis? Josephine Cumbo, Financial Times


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