Key April changes to your personal finances including NI hike and 'no fault' divorces

This week has seen a number of changes to our personal finances in the wake of energy bill and council tax rises, along with a number of key utilities such as broadband and mobile contracts.





It also marks the start of a new tax year and with it a National Insurance rise, a meagre state pension hike and the start of new 'no fault' divorce system.





Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Helen Crane run through what these changes potentially mean for you and why they're important.





Renting is set to become cheaper than mortgage repayments for the first time in 14 years according to a study.





This could signal 'trouble ahead,' as the data shows that when this happens, often a recession follows shortly afterwards. We discuss why.





The pandemic boom could also leave high-earning homeowners trapped and unable to move, if they've overstretched themselves to buy.





They may be unable to remortgage as lenders consider their squeezed incomes during the cost of living crisis.





And finally, with the energy price cap soaring, are there gadgets that could help you save money? Lee comes with a warning with his own 'smart' thermostat.