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Money Box Live: The Sharing Economy

Need somebody to walk your dog, share a car journey or maybe you want to offer a skill that you have? Paul Lewis takes a look.

Need somebody to walk your dog, share the cost of a car journey or rent a room? Maybe you have skills or goods you want to make available? Websites and apps are springing up allowing you to borrow, exchange or rent everything from clothes to sports equipment and tools.

The UK's sharing economy could be worth £9billion per year by 2025 say PwC and Chancellor George Osborne is keen to encourage it, announcing two new £1,000 tax-free allowance in his last budget. One for selling goods and services and one for income from property you own. The Treasury say that retirees, students and anyone wanting extra money will be able to earn £1,000 tax free.

On Wednesday's programme, presenter Paul Lewis and guests will explore the benefits, costs and risks of this growing sector:

Joining Paul will be:

Debbie Wosskow, Founder, lovehomeswap & Chair,Sharing Economy UK.
Ali Clabburn, MD, Liftshare.
Rikke Rosenlund, Founder, Borrow My Doggy.
Robert Killick, CEO ClerksWell Ltd.

If you're part of the sharing economy or want to be, let us know your questions, stories and experiences. Call 03700 100 444 from 1pm to 3.30pm on Wednesday or e-mail moneybox@bbc.co.uk. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

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30 minutes