Money? Don’t mention it, dear

More than a quarter of over-40s admit that money matters are the most likely root of arguments with their partner.

Almost a fifth of people over 40 feel uncomfortable discussing finances with their other half and 27 per cent say it is the cause of most of their disputes, according to research by Prudential.

A sixth of Scots have never talked about money with their partner and another 23 per cent haven’t broached the subject over the past 12 months, despite the growing pressure on household finances. A fifth say they have never had a conversation with their partner about retirement planning, and more than half have no idea of the income they’ll need for a comfortable retirement.