Saturday 17th November 2018
Maddy Sutherland

Maddy Sutherland

Maddy is a freelance illustrator who lives in Glasgow. She's recently graduated and is working hard to make ends meet. Self-employed? Read Maddy's experiences here.

The not-so-obvious things that can damage your credit score

When you’re a student, you don’t think about the stuff that could damage your credit score. And even once you’re unleashed into the ‘real world’, it often doesn’t seem a relevant topic at first. I know that I, personally, have avoided credit cards like the plague, being all too aware of the potential dangers of…


Why the UK needs ‘Baby Boxes’

Every expectant mother in Scotland is eligible for something called a ‘Baby Box’. In the Scottish Government’s own words: “The Baby Box is a welcome gift for every baby born and living in Scotland. It’s packed full of all the essential items your baby will need to give them the best possible start in life.”…


How to grab birthday freebies and discounts

Your birthday is an event that comes once (or, if you’re the Queen, twice) a year. Other than being a blatant reminder that you’re getting older, and are thus another year closer to death, it’s also a good excuse to spoil yourself with some much needed treats. However, if splashing out isn’t your thing, it’s also…


Smiles cheaper – the secret to white teeth…on a budget

I’ve always been an avid drinker of tea. Green tea, red tea, camomile – you can’t beat a soothing cup of something hot. It’s one of life’s few simple pleasures. When I got my braces at the age of seventeen, I was cautioned against this habit; while the benefits of drinking green tea are plenty,…


Why you should join a union

In the United Kingdom, trade union membership is falling, it’s down from 25% in 2014, to just 23.5% in 2016 – making up just 6.2 million members. It’s at the lowest that it’s ever been since its peek in 1995 which saw over 13 million people signed up for collective representation. Yet, in a climate of…


Are you running indoors? You’re wasting money! (And other savings tips).

Mid-January is the time of slowly diminishing New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a scientific fact that changing behaviours in any significant way goes against human nature. However, even the smallest of changes can make a big impact, on both your health and your wallet. Here’s some suggestions. Breakfast Let me just start by stating the obvious,…


Who is social housing for?

For many people nowadays, the mention of social housing, or ‘council houses’ as they’re more commonly known, conjures up images of people living in destitute. The common stereotypes are of the single teenage mum, or of Channel 4’s infamous series ‘Benefits Street’….of housing to be avoided unless one is in absolute dire need. However, the…


Automation – are the robots taking over?

The elephant sits in the room, smugly observing the issue of automation – the process of taking jobs from humans and giving them to robots –  while torrents of working class people seem oblivious, insisting instead on blaming Polish immigrants for their diminishing employment prospects. Immigration was one of the key issues leading up to…


Why you can’t live on the National Living Wage

In an age of spiralling rents, soaring food costs, and out of control energy prices, living is increasingly expensive. In 1999, Tony Blair’s government introduced the minimum wage– all workers over the age of 22 had to receive no less than £3.60 an hour for their labour. At the time, this was a significant step…



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