Personal Finance Story of the Year

Stephen Maunder from Which? collects his trophy from Head of Platforum Jeremy Fawcett and Awards Host Marcus Brigstocke

WINNER: STEPHEN MAUNDER FOR EXCLUSIVE: ONE IN SEVEN HELP TO BUY HOMES LOSE VALUE DESPITE LOCAL HOUSE PRICES SOARING

Now in their fourth year, the Story of the Year categories of the Headlinemoney Awards allow journalists covering different parts of the financial services sector to showcase their very best work from the preceding 12 months. The personal finance element saw a strong line-up of contenders, with judges applauding the “phenomenal” standard of the shortlist. 

When deciding on a winner, it was Stephen Maunder’s exclusive for Which?, investigating the Help to Buy scheme, that came out top for the judges.

“New, different, well researched,” commented one judge. Another praised the analysis involved, commending the “persistence and the society wide implications” of Stephen’s story.

 

Shortlisted

  • Furlough wages may be used to calculate redundancy payouts due to loophole, Sara Benwell, The Sun
  • Ombudsman left me to ‘pursue’ my financial abuser, Katie Binns, The Sunday Times
  • The plot to kill off fraud refunds, Kenza Bryan, The Sunday Times
  • Homebuyer loses £300,000 to fraudsters – but gets it back after we step in, Donna Ferguson, The Guardian
  • File On 4 - Taxing Situations, BBC Radio 4 with Felicity Hannah, Anna Meisel and Gail Champion
  • Two women handed payouts totalling £14,000 after state pension blunder went unnoticed for years: Are YOU being underpaid?, Tanya Jefferies, This is Money
  • Exclusive: one in seven Help to Buy homes lose value despite local house prices soaring, Stephen Maunder, Which?
  • How a scam phone call led to homelessness, Anna Tims, Guardian Media Group

 

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