Quids in! launched in 2008. The magazine helps people on low incomes find ways to make their money go further. We wanted to help people targeted by loan sharks, high interest lenders and rogue traders. They almost always prey on estates already burdened with debt and limited access to free-to-use banking facilities.
Since Quids in! started the world has changed. Poorer paid employment, cuts to benefits and rising prices add to the pressure on households struggling to keep their heads above water. More recently, people not used to turning to the state for support were forced onto welfare. More than at any time since the global financial crash and the ‘austerity’ that followed, Coronavirus meant we really were ‘in it together’.
Unlike other magazines and websites, Quids in! is here for people who don’t have so many savings to fall back on or investments to worry about. It’s for real people: Those feeling the squeeze and just about managing, and those who might be just one pay cheque or benefit payment away from disaster.
The idea is to provide info that people enjoy reading. So we produced a glossy magazine that mixes celeb interviews with easy-to-follow news and advice about money matters. More recently we added a monthly money email service, the Quids In Readers Club, keeping readers up-to-date.
Quids in! is published by Clean Slate Training & Employment, a not-for-profit social enterprise. It creates and supports paid work for people facing barriers to jobs, helps them manage their money better and shows them where to find help and savings using the internet. Quids in! also produces other publications, such as a guide to Universal Credit, a New Tenants Guide and homelessness guides. Both were founded by Jeff Mitchell, a former Managing Director of The Big Issue, hoping to help create a fairer world.
Sometimes help can be hard to find, especially when we feel we’re losing control. It sometimes feel like we’re alone and no-one tells us where to turn. Quids in! tries to help people with money troubles get a grip of things again for themselves. For people hanging in there, we shine a light on the things to better protect us against setbacks in the future. The magazine, this website, and our email service all do this.
Quids In Centres, run by Clean Slate, work locally to help people take control of their budget and grow their income. Click here for more on the work Clean Slate does around the UK.
The Quids in! Team
Editor: Jeff Mitchell
Office Manager: Dan Fineman
Sales and advertising: Lisa Woodman
Staff writer/ researcher:
Design: Joe Burt
Quids In Centre Service Coordinators: Karina Legumi (Bath), Emma Kernahan (Glos), Laura James (London)