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....In a statement, West Ham United said it was "co-operating fully with HMRC to assist their inquiries" but there had been no arrests. HMRC said it had arrested "several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected income tax and national insurance fraud". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....The project is backed by an £8. 6m government grant and involves an insurance company, which will assess the risks involved at each stage of the journey. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Swinton, which employs 3,000 people across the UK, said where possible, affected staff will be deployed into other parts of the business. The insurance broker, which has more branches than any of its rivals, blamed business switching to the internet. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Yet the victims of whiplash receive £2bn a year in payouts, a fair chunk of which goes to personal injury lawyers. That’s £20bn over the past decade, paid for out of galloping increases in car insurance premiums. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The company will challenge the ruling in the courts this autumn. Uber claims its drivers earn on average £15 an hour after the company has taken its 20% commission, but that does not account for drivers’ expenses including car hire, insurance and petrol, which amount to thousands every year. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Estimates of how many jobs will be affected by Brexit range from tens of thousands to 232,000 financial services jobs across the UK. The triggering of article 50 last month – the formal process of leaving the EU – reignited speculation that financial jobs were at risk and was followed by an announcement by the insurance market Lloyd’s of London that it would set up a subsidiary in Brussels, where it it employs about 60 people. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:03:42 PM
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....That was two more than in the previous quarter but one less than in the same period a year previously. The FTSE sectors issuing most warnings were support services (11), travel and leisure (8), non-life insurance (5) and software and computer services (5). ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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...."The chance that the Autumn Budget contains net tax rises - like all of the last six post-election Budgets have done - is very high," Mr Tombs said. Mr Hammond hinted last week the Conservative party may drop its 2015 pledge not to raise income tax, national insurance or VAT. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Mr Augar told the BBC: "This time last year they had to disclose a horrible loss due to volatility in their own bond prices. "There's none of that this year, [but] they still had to make another provision for about half a billion pounds for sins of the past, PPI [payment protection insurance] and things like that. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:33:36 AM
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.... It comes in many forms, but the most common is funding from shareholders, who expect a hefty return on the risk they are taking. Last year, Sir John said the central bank needed to demand a deeper capital buffer from the banks, calling it an "insurance policy" against harder times and deserving "full cover". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 28th of April 2017 02:26:12 PM
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....He advises travellers with mobility equipment worth over £1,200 to make a “special declaration of interest” when they book their flight. This is akin to an insurance policy covering the transport of goods worth more than the cap set by the Montreal Convention. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
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....And there's a wider issue here. Right now, there's no system in place to help owners, insurance companies, garages and emergency services report common problems so they come to light more quickly. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 11:00:16 PM
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....The Paris-based thinktank said that ending payments to the wealthiest 5% to 10% would allow the government to give more to people in greater need of support. Under the current system, anyone who has paid national insurance for 30 years is eligible for the state pension, regardless of wealth. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:15:15 AM
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.... “Price regulation will result in reduced competition and choice, stifle innovation and potentially impact customer service,” he said. ScottishPower criticised the policy and called for standard variable tariffs to be abolished and replaced with something more akin to an insurance product, fixed for a certain period of time after which it would need to be renewed. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The Conservatives believe that their commanding poll lead, and the fact that most people have less confidence in Labour’s economic competence, creates the political space for them to wriggle out of some of the most costly pledges in the 2015 manifesto. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, created a stir last week when he appeared to suggest that the party would not repeat the sweeping promises it made in 2015 not to increase income tax, national insurance or VAT. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:00:47 PM
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....6% to 416m euros. Santander UK took a further £32m charge to cover claims for payment protection insurance compensation. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 10:31:49 AM
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. An energy company’s proposal to scrap default electricity and gas deals in favour of car insurance-style annual renewals could amount to a rebranding exercise and not help billpayers, a consumer group has said. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 02:52:40 PM
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....I’m all shook up by my Miele washing machine’s vibrations. Make sure you’re covered with great value annual holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Thursday 27th of April 2017 01:58:02 PM
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.... Barclays is fighting this penalty which has been put on hold while the SFO investigation continues. Morzaria said he hoped the provisions for payment protection insurance would be sufficient, despite an increase in complaints since March. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Swinton is planning to close a another 84 branches and cut as many as 900 jobs because the vast majority of its customers prefer to buy insurance online or over the phone. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:06:32 PM
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. Profits at Lloyds Banking Group more than doubled in the first three months of the year, despite another hit for payment protection insurance mis-selling and the cost of compensating customers for fraud in the HBOS Reading branch. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....That gap has meant missed opportunities for the global economy – particularly in terms of asset liability management, responsive liquidity, adjustment between deficit and surplus countries – and thus a gap between actual and potential growth. With the SDR providing a stronger glue at the international monetary system’s core, prudential currency diversification could have been made easier, the need for costly and inefficient self-insurance could have been reduced and the provision of liquidity could have been made less pro-cyclical. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 24th of April 2017 03:00:22 PM
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.... Or, at least, charge the 1. 1 million retirees who are still working national insurance. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... A day later I got a call from my insurer Bell – part of Admiral – telling me the car had been involved in an accident. Following numerous calls to both the insurance company and the police, Bell told me to pick up my car from the garage – it was driveable, though damaged. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Warranty work on my VW’s audio system turned into an £1,800 accident repair bill image
.... A day later I got a call from my insurer Bell – part of Admiral – telling me the car had been involved in an accident. Following numerous calls to both the insurance company and the police, Bell told me to pick up my car from the garage – it was driveable, though damaged. ...
Whiplash: the myth that funds a £20bn gravy train image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 06:00:22 AM
....Yet the victims of whiplash receive £2bn a year in payouts, a fair chunk of which goes to personal injury lawyers. That’s £20bn over the past decade, paid for out of galloping increases in car insurance premiums. ...
'Fire sale' risk with Bank capital approach, says Vickers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 02:26:12 PM
.... It comes in many forms, but the most common is funding from shareholders, who expect a hefty return on the risk they are taking. Last year, Sir John said the central bank needed to demand a deeper capital buffer from the banks, calling it an "insurance policy" against harder times and deserving "full cover". ...
Barclays chief admits he 'made a mistake' over whistleblowing case image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 08:27:59 AM
.... Barclays is fighting this penalty which has been put on hold while the SFO investigation continues. Morzaria said he hoped the provisions for payment protection insurance would be sufficient, despite an increase in complaints since March. ...
Vauxhall 'reckless' over Zafira fires, say MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 11:00:16 PM
....And there's a wider issue here. Right now, there's no system in place to help owners, insurance companies, garages and emergency services report common problems so they come to light more quickly. ...
Buy-to-let slump benefits first-time buyers, plus the best broadband firms image
....I’m all shook up by my Miele washing machine’s vibrations. Make sure you’re covered with great value annual holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:51:55 PM
.... The company will challenge the ruling in the courts this autumn. Uber claims its drivers earn on average £15 an hour after the company has taken its 20% commission, but that does not account for drivers’ expenses including car hire, insurance and petrol, which amount to thousands every year. ...
UK should axe state pension for rich people, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 07:15:15 AM
....The Paris-based thinktank said that ending payments to the wealthiest 5% to 10% would allow the government to give more to people in greater need of support. Under the current system, anyone who has paid national insurance for 30 years is eligible for the state pension, regardless of wealth. ...
Lloyds Bank's profits rise despite 'challenging' times image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:33:36 AM
....Mr Augar told the BBC: "This time last year they had to disclose a horrible loss due to volatility in their own bond prices. "There's none of that this year, [but] they still had to make another provision for about half a billion pounds for sins of the past, PPI [payment protection insurance] and things like that. ...
Lloyds profits double to £1.3bn despite PPI and fraud payouts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 06:33:22 AM
. Profits at Lloyds Banking Group more than doubled in the first three months of the year, despite another hit for payment protection insurance mis-selling and the cost of compensating customers for fraud in the HBOS Reading branch. ...
Theresa May weighing up cheaper 'double lock' for pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:00:47 PM
....The Conservatives believe that their commanding poll lead, and the fact that most people have less confidence in Labour’s economic competence, creates the political space for them to wriggle out of some of the most costly pledges in the 2015 manifesto. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, created a stir last week when he appeared to suggest that the party would not repeat the sweeping promises it made in 2015 not to increase income tax, national insurance or VAT. ...
Swinton insurance cuts 900 jobs as customers switch to online image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:06:32 PM
. Swinton is planning to close a another 84 branches and cut as many as 900 jobs because the vast majority of its customers prefer to buy insurance online or over the phone. ...
Deutsche Bank: 4,000 jobs at risk of being moved out of UK after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:03:42 PM
.... Estimates of how many jobs will be affected by Brexit range from tens of thousands to 232,000 financial services jobs across the UK. The triggering of article 50 last month – the formal process of leaving the EU – reignited speculation that financial jobs were at risk and was followed by an announcement by the insurance market Lloyd’s of London that it would set up a subsidiary in Brussels, where it it employs about 60 people. ...
Swinton Insurance to cut 900 jobs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 05:00:01 PM
....Swinton, which employs 3,000 people across the UK, said where possible, affected staff will be deployed into other parts of the business. The insurance broker, which has more branches than any of its rivals, blamed business switching to the internet. ...
Car insurance model will not help energy market, says charity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 02:52:40 PM
. An energy company’s proposal to scrap default electricity and gas deals in favour of car insurance-style annual renewals could amount to a rebranding exercise and not help billpayers, a consumer group has said. ...
Santander chief warns on 'changeable' UK economy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 10:31:49 AM
Arrests as Newcastle and West Ham raided in £5m tax probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 09:26:01 AM
....In a statement, West Ham United said it was "co-operating fully with HMRC to assist their inquiries" but there had been no arrests. HMRC said it had arrested "several men working within the professional football industry for a suspected income tax and national insurance fraud". ...
Government deficit at lowest since financial crisis, says ONS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 09:21:26 AM
...."The chance that the Autumn Budget contains net tax rises - like all of the last six post-election Budgets have done - is very high," Mr Tombs said. Mr Hammond hinted last week the Conservative party may drop its 2015 pledge not to raise income tax, national insurance or VAT. ...
Could the IMF's 'world currency' help encourage global unity? | Mohamed El-Erian image
....That gap has meant missed opportunities for the global economy – particularly in terms of asset liability management, responsive liquidity, adjustment between deficit and surplus countries – and thus a gap between actual and potential growth. With the SDR providing a stronger glue at the international monetary system’s core, prudential currency diversification could have been made easier, the need for costly and inefficient self-insurance could have been reduced and the provision of liquidity could have been made less pro-cyclical. ...
Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 09:23:45 AM
....The project is backed by an £8. 6m government grant and involves an insurance company, which will assess the risks involved at each stage of the journey. ...
Tory energy bill cap dents Centrica and SSE share prices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 09:05:46 AM
.... “Price regulation will result in reduced competition and choice, stifle innovation and potentially impact customer service,” he said. ScottishPower criticised the policy and called for standard variable tariffs to be abolished and replaced with something more akin to an insurance product, fixed for a certain period of time after which it would need to be renewed. ...
How disabled travellers still face discrimination by airlines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....He advises travellers with mobility equipment worth over £1,200 to make a “special declaration of interest” when they book their flight. This is akin to an insurance policy covering the transport of goods worth more than the cap set by the Montreal Convention. ...
Company profit warnings increase on previous quarter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 08:23:22 AM
....That was two more than in the previous quarter but one less than in the same period a year previously. The FTSE sectors issuing most warnings were support services (11), travel and leisure (8), non-life insurance (5) and software and computer services (5). ...
Five Minute Guide to: Ensuring your car cover is valid image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Even innocent errors could backfire, so it pays to take a second look at your policy to make sure your insurer has all the right information. An astonishing 84 per cent of British drivers admit to telling little white lies when taking out car insurance, according to a survey of more than 2,500 Britons from VoucherCodesPro. ...
Lloyds: Taxpayers get all their money back after rescue image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 05:01:52 PM
.... . In February, Lloyds reported its highest annual profit in a decade, helped by a reduction in payment protection insurance provisions. ...
Lloyds bank bailout repaid in full, says Philip Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 05:00:20 PM
....Both banks will publish their results next week for the first three months of 2017. Lloyds has already admitted it will have to take a fresh £350m hit for the payment protection insurance mis-selling scandal – taking its total bill to more than £17bn. ...
Philip Hammond signals ditching of Tory 'no tax rise' pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 12:58:04 PM
. Philip Hammond has given a strong hint that the Conservatives may ditch their pledge not to raise VAT, national insurance or income tax, saying the flagship 2015 policy had constrained his ability to manage the economy. ...
Average UK car insurance premiums up 8% in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 08:54:53 AM
. Higher taxes and whiplash claims have pushed the average car insurance premium up by 8% over the last year, adding £34 to the average annual cost for drivers, according to the Association of British Insurers. ...
UK government drops plan to raise probate fees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 08:17:01 AM
....Senior judges have questioned whether the courts and justice system should effectively become a self-funding service. Gordon Andrews, a tax and financial planning expert at the investment firm Old Mutual Wealth, said: “This is the second U-turn since the spring budget, following the chancellor’s swift U-turn on NICs [national insurance contributions]. ...
Car insurance premiums jumped by 8% in past year image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:06:56 PM
. The average car insurance premium rose by 8% in the past year to £462, says the Association of British Insurers. ...
UK's online shoppers top global spending survey image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:05:25 PM
....Some 67% of concert ticket spending and 61% of cinema, theatre and dance spending was made online, the association's figures showed. The popularity of renewing contracts such as insurance cover online, and payments into bank accounts over the internet also meant financial services registered considerable activity online. ...
Virgin Money chief: 'I have battled with mental health all my life' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 04:15:42 PM
.... But she quit in 2006, blaming the culture at the Edinburgh-based bank and returned to the core Virgin business. At RBS she claims she raised the alarm about accounting issues, the sale of payment protection insurance, and rejected attempts to package up mortgages in the style of securitisations which were later to be the undoing of Northern Rock, the bank that was nationalised in 2008. ...
Swap flights for trains to Europe this summer, plus the rise of the 'fix-perts' image
....Room for improvement with Accor’s pricing policy. Make sure you’re covered with great value annual holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
IMF says global financial stability has improved image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:31:28 PM
Brexit’s unpredictable outcome poses risk to global stability, says IMF image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:30:21 PM
....Some European governments use the City’s bond markets to raise money more cheaply than they could do at home, but the IMF warned that they could find it harder and more costly to do if business was moved out of London after Brexit. The IMF said banks were likely to be the hardest-hit sector of the City, followed by insurance, with asset management firms least affected. ...
Services matter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 11:13:46 PM
....Countries sometimes impose limits on the percentage share of ownership that foreign companies can have in a business that provides services. In China, for example, the limit is 50% for insurance and some telecommunications services. ...
Brexit, PPI and high cost credit are top priorities for City watchdog image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 05:32:29 PM
.... “Firms will need to assess the impact that a changed relationship with Europe and any changes to the regulatory regime will have on their business models,” the FCA said. As well as supporting the government’s withdrawal from the EU, the FCA listed a number of other priorities for the coming year including alerting customers to the August 2019 deadline to lodge claims for payment protection insurance (PPI), protecting vulnerable customers, continuing to scrutinise high cost credit and looking at the way people save for pensions. ...
Financial Conduct Authority concerned over personal debt image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 09:09:54 AM
....The FCA is launching its mission statement for this financial year. The 36-page document has considerable focus on personal finances - including plans to protect vulnerable customers, a study of long-term savings, and the completion of compensation for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI). ...
Lloyds eyes Berlin for post-Brexit push image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 04:22:04 PM
.... . HSBC has already said it is likely to move 1,000 workers from London to its European headquarters in Paris, while the insurance market Lloyds of London recently said it was setting up an office in Brussels. ...
Who is liable for £20,000 worth of jewellery stolen during our house move? image
....We had jewellery worth £20,000 stolen during our house move and our insurer is refusing to pay out. In the run-up to the move I phoned our home insurance provider, Yorkshire building society, to ask whether I was covered for the house move or whether I should get extra insurance offered by the removal firm. ...
Five minute guide to getting covered for your holiday image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
. Last year more than 150,000 Britons made travel insurance claims in the country, one in four of the global total. ...
White van nation: meet the drivers behind the on-demand economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 06:00:17 AM
....Who’s inside them, these millions of Renault Masters, Volkswagen Crafters, Fiat Doblòs, Iveco Dailys? In a recent government survey of the labour force, 251,000 people identified van-driving as their main occupation, up 50,000 on the year before. But when politicians and the press use the phrase “white van man” (most recently in a row over proposals to raise the cost of national insurance), it’s meant to suggest a more substantial body of people: the construction workers, entrepreneurs, traders and small business owners who run disparate enterprises out of a van’s rear doors. ...
Credit Suisse bosses slash bonuses 40 percent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 03:10:01 PM
....”. Thiam, who was previously boss of insurance giant Prudential, said: “Our decision [to cut the bonus pool] reflects the total confidence we have in the progress we are making. ...
Bernard Matthews seller 'lined own pockets' by rejecting pension offer image
....The pension fund is reported to have had a deficit of about £20m when the company collapsed, although that is thought to have grown to as much as £40m. It is estimated that it could cost as much as £75m for the scheme to be bought out and run by a private insurance firm. ...
Credit Suisse bosses offer to cut their own bonuses by 40% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 01:30:19 AM
....The Swiss bank has posted two straight years of losses but its top 12 executives were awarded 78m Swiss francs ($77m;£62m) in pay this year. Mr Thiam, who used to head insurance giant Prudential, was awarded 12m Swiss francs in total pay in 2016. ...
Python with anorexia swallows £800 in vet bills image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 11:10:29 PM
. A bearded dragon with an abscess, and a Burmese python with anorexia were among a record number of pets treated under insurance policies last year. ...
How Uber conquers a city in seven steps image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 03:19:57 PM
Expert help for gardens on a budget, plus the older expats facing poverty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 02:07:41 PM
....Virgin couldn’t find Anytime at all for us to book a balloon flight. Planning an Easter getaway? Get great value holiday cover with Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
The older expats facing poverty – thanks to Brexit and frozen pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 06:00:27 AM
.... She said she would soon have to give up her telephone and computer, and couldn’t remember the last time she bought new clothes. “It’s absolutely scandalous, I can’t believe the British government can be so cruel to pensioners when they have our money: I have paid national insurance all my life,” she said. ...
Car insurance premiums 'jump by £110' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 11:09:14 PM
. Drivers saw their car insurance premiums rise by an average of £110 in the last year, a comparison site says. ...
The Crusader: Trader falls victim to debt collector trying to get back money owed image
....It is understood North Tyneside Trading Standards is aware of the company. While many small businesses do have insurance to protect them, claiming for a bad debt can hike up policy premiums so much it puts them off. ...
Cut price image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 11:18:58 PM
Outlook for City after Brexit 'has improved' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 09:30:14 AM
....Since then, banks including Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS have said they will move some jobs out of London as a result of Brexit. The historic insurance market Lloyd's of London has announced plans to open a Brussels subsidiary in early 2019. ...
A hole in home insurance cover that could leave millions out of pocket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of April 2017 06:00:31 AM
. How would you feel if you received a scary letter from an insurance company accusing you of “negligence” and saying you were legally responsible for paying for repairs to your neighbour’s house?. ...
My week as an Uber courier: my bike got stolen, but I kept my five-star rating image
....My bike is not insured by Uber. When I eventually get hold of a human at Uber, I am told the only insurance cover is up to $1m to cover “bodily injury or property damage to third parties where the claim arises out of UberEats and UberRush operations”. ...
WARNING: Free bank accounts to END, warns IMF in yet ANOTHER blow to hard-working Britons image
....The IMF sounded the alarm on low growth, low productivity and low interest rates linked to ageing populations. Officials said demographic changes in the likes of Britain, Europe and the US are likely to mean the end of generous final salary pension schemes and higher demand for health insurance plans. ...
Competition watchdog to examine warranties for new homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 06:30:36 AM
.... Campaigners said these payments called into question NHBC’s independence from housebuilders. In response, NHBC said the payments were a “very small” proportion of its annual turnover and that it was common practice in the insurance industry to recognise good claims history. ...
What is probate? Is there anything I can do to avoid rising probate fees? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 05:39:00 PM
....How to avoid probate fee rises by using a trust . Ms Rowland said: “Taking out life insurance written in trust could also be part of the answer as funds would be made available outside of the estate to cover any potential fees. ...
Tax relief cut doesn’t add up for landlords, plus Bank warns over consumer credit image
....The RAC has blown my chances of driving our super-reliable Toyota. Planning a Easter getaway? Get great value holiday cover with Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Low interest rates put global financial sector at risk, IMF warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 02:30:06 PM
....The IMF said defined-benefit schemes – already under threat in many developed countries – would tend to become less attractive than defined-contribution schemes, where the risk is taken by the employee rather than the employer. The study said ageing populations would mean a reduction in demand for credit but increase demand for health and long-term care insurance. ...
Peers push to reverse bereavement benefit changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:53:48 PM
.... And within that reduced budget, bereaved partners without children will get more at the expense of significantly reduced support for those with young children, which will stop completely after just 18 months. “My lords, what is our national insurance welfare state for, if not to support families properly in such tragic circumstances?”. ...
Co-op boss shrugs off £130m loss to focus on group's 'stellar progress' image
.... Virgin Money and CYBG, the owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank networks, are thought to be considering offers. Despite the troubles at the bank, Leighton said the Co-op’s core food stores, funeral homes and insurance businesses had all gained customers and market share under the group’s turnaround plan. ...
Lifetime ISA available NOW – 12 myths about the new Lifetime ISA image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 09:37:00 AM
....       It is difficult to open a Lifetime ISA. Mr Cox said: “You will be able to open a HL Lifetime ISA online or by phone in as little as 5 minutes, all you need is your national insurance number and a debit card with cleared funds in your account. ...
Deliveroo's verbal gymnastics show commonsense not on the menu image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 06:29:05 PM
.... Earnings are fees, payslips are invoices and performance targets are delivery standards. It’s all designed to convince HMRC and the outside world that the setup uses self-employed riders and thus does not need to pay employer’s national insurance, contribute to pensions or offer holiday pay. ...
Uber sued by car-share stab victim image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 04:30:42 PM
....The service lets strangers share a car to reduce the cost of a trip. But Uber said the "altercation" did not involve the company and its insurance provider has refused to compensate Ms Camacho because the assault was not considered accidental. ...
It's that time of year to spring clean your finances with the help of our expert tips image
....You can save hundreds or thousands of pounds a year by switching home energy, broadband, digital TV and mobile supplier, Baliszewski says. Check your motor, home and travel insurance policies before you autorenew: “Comparison sites lay out all options and tariffs. ...
Rise of robotics will upend laws and lead to human job quotas, study says image
....Increased mechanical autonomy will cause problems of how to define legal responsibility for accidents involving new technology such as driverless cars. Will it be the owner, the passengers, or manufacturers who pay the insurance?. ...
Co-operative Group to write off the value of its stake in Co-op bank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 06:30:15 AM
....The Co-op Bank, which is now controlled by US hedge funds after a 2013 rescue deal, put itself up for sale in February in a bid to raise more capital and give greater stability to its 4 million customers. The Co-operative Group, which now focuses on its grocery chain, funeral homes and insurance services, was forced to relinquish the majority of its stake in the bank after it emerged it required £1. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 11:07:44 PM
....How the invention of paper changed the world. What makes gambling wrong but insurance right?. ...
Welfare shakeup 'will push a quarter of a million children into poverty' image
.... Being worried and stressed about finances on top of dealing with such devastating loss is cruel and unfair,” she said. Both families stressed that their loved ones had paid into the system for decades through national insurance. ...
The lost generation: ‘I’m 30-something and still depressed and broke’ image
....”. Here’s a start: give self-employed under-35s free bus passes (I’m 36 by the way); give them £200 to help with start-up costs; if they need more education or training to increase their chance of getting work, let them claim it as a business expense; reduce the rate of national insurance for those who are self-employed and under 35; give self-employed men statutory paternity pay; increase the maternity allowance; and reduce student loan repayments. ...
As demand rises, the reputation  of new-build homes is crumbling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 05:59:46 AM
....The 10-year promise could be misleading – developers only have to rectify problems that arise in the first two years following completion. After that, purchasers have to claim on the warranty provider’s insurance which only covers serious structural issues. ...
Osborne’s huge tax giveaway starts for rich – as the poor are hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 11:05:38 PM
.... This increase is driven by the number of households affected by cuts to in-work support through universal credit (put in place from last April) growing to around 2 million, the freeze biting again in 2018 and 2019, and a greater number of families being affected by the reduction in support for children. Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation, said: “The rights and wrongs of a relatively small national insurance change for the self-employed have dominated the headlines. ...
Help us fix Brexit labour shortage with Saturday jobs, say employers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 12:23:10 PM
....Rather than being displaced by EU workers, one major reason was that youngsters were instead focused largely on studies, according to McHugh. Separately, employers such as newsagents now cite the cost of insurance cover and health and safety regulations as reasons why they were not offering traditional Saturday job-type work, according to Martin McTague, policy director of the Federation of Small Businesses. ...
‘Cruel’ benefit cuts put pressure on grieving families image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 05:59:17 AM
.... It was a huge relief to discover she was entitled to claim bereavement benefits until her youngest child Elliot, who was six when his dad died, leaves full-time education in up to 13 years’ time. This “benefit” is based on Philippe’s 20 years of national insurance contributions – it’s the money he paid into the state pension system from which he will now never claim. ...
UK households’ savings fall to record low in warning sign for economy image
....Rachael Griffin, a financial planning expert at fund manager Old Mutual Wealth, said the figures were a “wake-up call” for people who were prioritising short-term spending over financial security. “A worrying number of households do not have any sort of cash savings or insurance to protect against financial difficulty if life throws unexpected challenges at them. ...

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