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....That residential mortgage bond securitisation mis-selling scandal is responsible for £66bn of the costs incurred during the five-year period and the single largest factor, according to the foundation. The payment protection insurance scandal, which is the main reason Lloyds Banking Group is in the list, caused the banks to set aside £27bn during the period. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 14th of August 2017 05:28:32 PM
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....Making sure work doesn’t encroach into time at home or on holidays requires nothing but a degree of discipline, and of course, backing from the top. Media company MediaCom has a ban on emails after 7pm and online insurance broker Simply Business puts an auto-delete on employees’ emails when they go on leave so they aren’t bothered by colleagues “just” wanting a quick answer to a question. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The panel pointed out that motion-activated security lights were a key deterrent for home thieves, but just 24% of respondents had installed such devices. Caroline Hunter, head of home insurance at Co-op, said: “Nobody should have to go through the trauma of having their property burgled, and there are some small measures which homeowners should be mindful of to ensure any opportunists cannot be tempted. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... It also bans outright investments in enterprises related to gambling and the sex industry. The Chinese government had already flagged hotels as an area of concern, having reportedly asked the insurance group Anbang to sell the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....British policymakers must also move beyond ad hoc responses to natural and man-made disasters, by building more effective and reliable protection systems. For example, they could facilitate the provision of affordable insurance for farmers or create some type of mutual-assistance scheme. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Fitness First is last when it comes to cancelling gym membership. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. In a search for car insurance I called Admiral. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The compensation is usually paltry – £1,200 is the maximum – and doesn’t include new for old. It may be easier to claim under your travel insurance. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Beware Admiral’s policy when it comes to speed awareness courses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 05:59:04 AM
. In a search for car insurance I called Admiral. ...
Travel insurance: Guide to find the best policy for older holidaymakers image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 20th of August 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Many older people gamble by travelling without any insurance, but this can end in financial disaster, with medical bills potentially running into hundreds of thousands of pounds. ...
From airline cancellations to that ropey hotel, what to do about botched holidays image
.... The compensation is usually paltry – £1,200 is the maximum – and doesn’t include new for old. It may be easier to claim under your travel insurance. ...
China moves to curb overseas acquisitions as firms' debt levels rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 05:32:17 PM
.... It also bans outright investments in enterprises related to gambling and the sex industry. The Chinese government had already flagged hotels as an area of concern, having reportedly asked the insurance group Anbang to sell the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. ...
Former burglars say barking dogs and CCTV are best deterrent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 05:01:14 AM
.... The panel pointed out that motion-activated security lights were a key deterrent for home thieves, but just 24% of respondents had installed such devices. Caroline Hunter, head of home insurance at Co-op, said: “Nobody should have to go through the trauma of having their property burgled, and there are some small measures which homeowners should be mindful of to ensure any opportunists cannot be tempted. ...
Slow house price growth and steep rail fare increases image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 02:37:41 PM
....Fitness First is last when it comes to cancelling gym membership. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Brexit is a chance for farming reform – but we must get the policy right | Ngaire Woods image
....British policymakers must also move beyond ad hoc responses to natural and man-made disasters, by building more effective and reliable protection systems. For example, they could facilitate the provision of affordable insurance for farmers or create some type of mutual-assistance scheme. ...
From standup comedy classes to free massages – wellness at work goes mainstream image
....Making sure work doesn’t encroach into time at home or on holidays requires nothing but a degree of discipline, and of course, backing from the top. Media company MediaCom has a ban on emails after 7pm and online insurance broker Simply Business puts an auto-delete on employees’ emails when they go on leave so they aren’t bothered by colleagues “just” wanting a quick answer to a question. ...
World's biggest banks face £264bn bill for poor conduct image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 05:28:32 PM
....That residential mortgage bond securitisation mis-selling scandal is responsible for £66bn of the costs incurred during the five-year period and the single largest factor, according to the foundation. The payment protection insurance scandal, which is the main reason Lloyds Banking Group is in the list, caused the banks to set aside £27bn during the period. ...
Smoking and Drinking tax: How HMRC cashes in on our vices image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 12:01:00 AM
Want to insure a learner driver? Here’s what you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
. If your teenage son or daughter has just started driving lessons, or is eagerly awaiting the day they can do so, it probably won’t be long before you find yourself having to navigate the world of “learner driver insurance”. ...
How I took on a car hire company – and won image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 06:00:37 AM
.... It is equally obvious that if you take children to beaches you get sand in a car. Although I was properly warned of the costs if I caused any damage – on this occasion the insurance sales pitch was not particularly hard – nothing was said about cleaning. ...
Bank of England takes note on banknotes (but that's all) | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 06:27:09 PM
.... The two head offices sit next to each other in the City but operational autonomy since acquisition in 1999 was supposed to suit both sides. Other insurance giants, like Aviva, have suffered agonies over the years in their attempts to get their in-house asset managers to attract outside funds. ...
Breakthrough in leasehold scandal, plus cash grabs by Student Loans Company image
....Fitbit is giving me the runaround after their device burned my wrist. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Worldpay takeover deal: not bad, but could have been better | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 06:27:04 PM
.... From a standing start a decade ago, the UK insurer has gathered $160bn of assets in the US, which is about 13% of the £950bn it now has under management. L&G’s share of individual US markets, everything from life insurance to pension transfers, is tiny by comparison with the UK. ...
L&G profits rise as UK population dies earlier than expected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 02:09:08 PM
. A slowdown in the growth in life expectancy for the UK population has increased profits at insurance and pensions firm Legal & General, which said people were dying sooner than it had expected. ...
Living costs rising twice as fast as inflation, new figures reveal image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 10:50:00 AM
....Rising house prices are forcing people to take larger mortgages and pushing up costs despite low interest rates, while rents are also rising. Home and motor insurance costs are accelerating sharply too after repeated hikes in insurance premium tax (IPT). ...
Insurers pressed to release immediate sums to pay for funeral costs image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 08:40:00 AM
....A burial using a funeral director now costs £4,136 on average or £3,214 for cremation, according to the Money Advice Service, and a lot more in some parts of the country. More than half of over-55s expect their beneficiaries to pay for their funeral, research from Old Mutual and Toluna shows, but probate delays often mean they cannot access funds in time, including life insurance payouts. ...
Bank of England warns Brexit will put strain on regulatory resources image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 11:01:03 PM
....”. The Bank may end up regulating more firms if there is no deal on passporting, the system through which some insurance companies and banks based in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are able to operate in the UK without Bank of England authorisation. ...
Bank of England deputy's Brexit warning is strong stuff | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 11:01:03 PM
.... There are about 70 non-UK banks incorporated in the European Economic Area that are entitled to accept deposits through a branch in the UK. The checking process will not be a quick job, and does not take account of insurance companies. ...
Inheritance tax: The secret loopholes to help protect YOUR money from dreaded death duties image
....People who are don't want beneficiaries to receive cash or assets yet can make gifts to a trust and specify a payout date - which also starts the seven-year clock. *Buy life insurance. ...
Goodbye to buy-to-let: why I’m moving on after 13 years as a landlady image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 05:59:04 AM
....The boiler was a constant source of headaches, frequently refusing to produce either heat or hot water despite annual servicing. I had no trouble ever again after I took out a British Gas insurance policy on it. ...
Socially responsible retailers aim to end the ‘rent-to-own’ rip-off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 05:59:04 AM
....A couple of months after that, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said that following its intervention, the three firms had agreed to make major improvements to their product affordability, price transparency and arrears handling. On top of that, the largest firms can no longer compel consumers to fork out extra for often-unwanted insurance on the items they buy. ...
Why Trumponomics cannot make America great again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 09:40:46 AM
....The administration’s inability to execute on the economic-policy front is unlikely to change. Congressional Republicans’ attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have failed, not least because moderate Republicans refused to vote for a bill that would deprive 20 million Americans of their health insurance. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
.... Then, at this year’s general election, both the Conservatives and Labour campaigned – or appeared to campaign – against the economic system that they themselves had created. The Conservative manifesto attacked “aggressive asset-stripping” of British companies by foreign buyers; “perverse pricing” by privatised rail companies; “exploitative” markets in energy, property, insurance and telecommunications; and “the remuneration of some corporate leaders … [which] has risen far faster than some corporate performance”. ...
Don't relax rules on City after Brexit, Mark Carney warns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:00:19 PM
....The annual output of the UK economy (GDP) is about £1. 9tn a year, but that is dwarfed by the assets of the financial sector, which includes banks, pension funds and insurance companies. ...
Student Loans Company comes under graduate fire, plus house prices stabilise image
....First Choice compensation for holiday horror was the last thing on its mind. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
A million women £32 a week worse off thanks to pension age changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 06:01:39 AM
....The IFS calculated a boost to the public coffers of £5. 1bn a year thanks to the rise in the state pension age because it had reduced state benefits, increased employee national insurance contributions and raised employment. ...
Petrol and diesel ban: Can we afford the electric car revolution? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 12:01:00 AM
....Research from CompareTheMarket. com shows that the average car insurance premium is now £740, but that rises to £1,070 for electric vehicles. ...
Why Brits got the bug for holiday sickness scams image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:19:53 PM
....The grubby shame of those who are being dragged to court is the kicker in this morality play about little white lies. It’s about what happens when we assume that some nameless other – a faceless insurance company, a huge hotel group – can pick up the bill for our little indulgences. ...
ESSATI garage doors victim vows to fight warranty “con” image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:15:00 PM
....This goes further than reading the small print. Beware anything that is not a formal financial contract, such as insurance which is underwritten and has to be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). ...
Free childcare to DOUBLE for parents from September - Government announce image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 03:13:00 PM
....The hours can be taken flexibly - for example more some weeks and fewer in others. Parents must apply for the free childcare on the Government website, where they will need to supply their national insurance number and get a childcare account. ...
HSBC chief sounds alarm over financial regulation and Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 07:02:10 AM
.... The investigation by DoJ, which has already reached settlements with eight other banks, is nearing completion, it added. In the UK, HSBC’s results included a $300m hit for the payment protection insurance scandal. ...
Guide to protecting your valuables image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 30th of July 2017 12:01:00 AM
. Many people assume their household insurance automatically covers valuables such as jewellery, art, antiques, collectables and gadgets, but all too often they are wrong. ...
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Saving Britain’s food supply: a manifesto to keep food on the table image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 08:25:51 PM
.... It was there to even out the risk faced by farming, be it through disease, weather issues or price fluctuations. As risk in agriculture is the issue, resources should be directed at managing that through the sort of state-backed insurance scheme used in North America. ...
Leasehold tycoon: man whose firms control 40,000 UK homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 07:00:44 AM
.... Tuttiett is the sole director of the company, which has no other employees. The financing of Tuttiett’s property empire is helped by low-interest loans totalling £336m made by an insurance company, Rothesay Life, spun out of Goldman Sachs, in which the US investment bank remains the largest shareholder. ...
London's Walkie Talkie building sold for record-breaking £1.3bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:22:56 PM
....The Walkie Talkie is thought have been a commercial success for its developers. The 17,000 sq ft ground floor (about the same size as a small supermarket) is occupied by retail outlets, while the office space above, which is especially popular with insurance firms, is fully let. ...
AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot's 'pivotal' year is turning out horribly | Nils Pratley image
....The state is no longer a shareholder, but some things never change at Lloyds Banking Group. There’s always another provision for past mis-selling of payment protection insurance, or PPI. ...
Leaseholds on new-builds to be banned, plus Student Loans Co penalises borrowers image
....Sixt took me for a ride over car hire cover. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Donald Trump's tax cuts for the rich won't make America great again | Joseph Stiglitz image
.... But, unlike his administration’s approach to healthcare legislation, lack of transparency will not help him. While many of the 32 million people projected to lose health insurance under the current proposal don’t yet know what’s coming, that is not true of the companies that will get the short end of the stick from Trump’s tax reform. ...
Lloyds takes fresh £1bn hit from PPI compensation claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 08:29:53 AM
....Lloyds Banking Group has taken a fresh £1. 6bn hit in the first six months of the year to cope with a new wave of claims from consumers missold payment protection insurance and to rectify treatment of mistreated mortgage customers. ...
'Disgusting and astonishing': how do the UK's top 1% view tax avoidance? image
....This respondent’s most recent full-time job was working for a hedge fund, making £450,000-£600,000 per year:. Whilst working for an investment bank that was part of a major UK bank, I was offered the choice to get paid via dividends from a Jersey-registered company but turned it down – which annoyed them, since they would have saved on employer’s national insurance. ...
How much do YOU pay in tax? Hardworking British families hit with £24k tax bill last year image
....Hardworking families are being taxed almost as much as the typical average salary and are hammered with a staggering number of levies. On top of income tax and national insurance, households are hit with council tax, fuel duty, VAT, as well as stamp duty, fuel duty and inheritance tax. ...
Carmakers say fossil-fuel vehicle ban will dent industry and stall sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 03:15:14 PM
.... The main reason given for not considering one was cost, followed by concerns over range and the time needed for recharging. The survey, for insurance firm Aviva, also showed that, after VW’s emission scandal and amid concerns over pollution, drivers are turning away from diesel: 68% said their next car would be petrol, with only 21% choosing diesel. ...
Britons urged to insure themselves on ‘staycations’ as half will travel without protection image
.... . New research from home insurer Policy Expert shows that just one in eight takes out travel insurance for a “staycation”. ...
Good for the rich, bad for the poor: Trump’s healthcare plan is a lot like his tax plan image
....Amid all the yelling and screaming over the future of US healthcare, it’s not surprising that the points on which Trump, his party and even some Democrats agree on have gone largely unnoticed. And yet chief among them is a product that is likely to feature in any future legislation proposing a replacement insurance system, or that could well end up surviving as an independent, standalone idea if the broad legislation fails. ...
Swiftcover too slow to pay me back excess after crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 06:00:02 AM
....I was involved in a car accident in August 2016 – a van hit me from behind as I waited at a roundabout. I collected the contact details of the van driver and contacted my insurance company, Swiftcover. ...
TNT parcels 'backed up to ceiling' in wake of massive cyberattack image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 05:34:00 AM
....The company said last week the problem has affected TNT operations around the world, pushing down its share more than 3%. It admitted that it did not have insurance to cover the attack. ...
ATOL and ABTA: Financial protection for your summer holiday image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 02:44:00 PM
....Emma Grimster, spokeswoman at TravelSupermarket. com, says travel insurance is vital even if you have ABTA or ATOL protection, because the trade bodies only help out with a company collapse: "Travel cover will pay if you have to cancel or curtail your plans for a host of other reasons, say, ill health or a death in the family. ...
Sixt took me for a ride over car hire cover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 06:00:00 AM
....For the second year in a row, I recently hired a car with Sixt (via the Kayak price comparison site) for six days in Corsica costing €146 (£129). Essentially, my complaint is that it hid a major change in its included insurance. ...
Sun, sea, sand … and a last-minute money-saving holiday guide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 06:00:31 AM
.... MB. It’s the day before you’re due to set off on holiday – or perhaps you’ve just arrived at the airport – and you realise you haven’t sorted out any travel insurance. ...
Budget deficit leaps as Brexit-fuelled inflation troubles Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 11:29:19 AM
....There was good news for the chancellor after data indicated that the dramatic slowdown in the economy during the first quarter had so far failed to reduce tax receipts. Corporation tax fell by more than 4% compared with June last year but all the main sources of tax receipts – income tax, national insurance and VAT – were up more than that predicted by the Treasury’s independent forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). ...
Could you spot a fake Airbnb listing, plus what's so fishy about cans of tuna? image
....GWR struggles to process refunds as customer service gets derailed. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Recruitment sector tax scheme liquidates hundreds more firms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 02:17:53 PM
....It was revealed last week that the scheme – which has been promoted by Anderson Group and which experts say raises questions over triggering a possible criminal investigation – was found to be simultaneously winding up almost 2,000 tiny companies that formed part of the tax avoidance arrangements. The moves are said to make it extremely difficult to pursue the defunct firms for any potential VAT or national insurance debt – particularly as each mini-company appears to only have a Philippines-based director and barely any retained assets. ...
Jeremy Corbyn could rip away YOUR state pension: Labour set to 'means-test' key benefit image
....One could be to allow people to access the pensions system earlier but with reduced payments, where someone who wanted to retire earlier would get less but over a longer period of time, which would equate to the figure of someone retiring later but taking the full allowance. Another suggestion could be to allow people to retire after they have built up a certain number of year of national insurance contributions. ...
State pension benefits rich and UNFAIR on ill or manual workers, says ex-pension minister image
. People who paid years of national insurance contributions but don't live until or long after retirement age unfairly miss out on income under the current system, blasted the pension expert. ...
Should I cash in my endowment early to pay off my mortgage? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 06:00:13 AM
....A If £41,000 genuinely is the cash-in value of your endowment – rather than the amount guaranteed to be paid on your death – cashing it in would seem to be a reasonable option. As you are single and don’t mention any dependants, you don’t need to buy another life insurance policy to replace the life cover provided by your endowment. ...
Peak car? Driverless technology may actually accelerate car ownership image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 06:00:12 AM
.... And while driving is certainly not always enjoyable, the positive emotions and sensations it can generate are one reason why cars remain the dominant form of transport. Some barriers to widespread uptake of AVs like insurance, culpability and liability in accidents, and the risk of hacking are well recognised. ...
Cost of UK car insurance leaps 11% to record high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 11:01:03 PM
. The cost of car insurance has soared by 11%, nearly four times the rate of inflation, over the past year, taking the cost of motor cover to a record high. ...
What is private health insurance? An overview image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 08:25:00 AM
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Trump's tax proposal would push US below Greece on inequality index image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 11:01:34 PM
....“When you already have countries like Portugal and Slovenia ranking higher than the United States on the overall index, we think that’s a concern considering the wealth of the US,” Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s vice-president for policy and campaigns, told the Guardian. If the White House passes its budget, which would slash social service spending and could leave millions of Americans without health insurance, the US would fall behind Greece, which is crippled by a debt crisis; Spain, which for 10 months in 2016 did not have a government; and Argentina, which has been plagued by high inflation, according to the report. ...
Lloyd's says cyber-attack could cost $120bn, same as Hurricane Katrina image
....Lloyd’s of London has warned that a serious cyber-attack could cost the global economy more than $120bn (£92bn) – as much as catastrophic natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Published two months after a ransomware cyber-attack that hobbled NHS hospitals and hit nearly 100 countries, a 56-page report from the world’s oldest insurance market says the threat posed by such global attacks has spiralled and poses a huge risk to business and governments over the next decade. ...
As car insurance costs rise, the over-65s are urged to switch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
. With many drivers seeing big increases in the cost of their car insurance, it’s never been more important to shop around, particularly when they get older. ...
Cut-price school uniforms, plus do you know who owns your leasehold? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 02:24:48 PM
....It’s a testing time for BA passengers who lost out in IT chaos. Get peace of mind for your summer break with great value holiday cover from Guardian travel insurance, provided by Voyager. ...
Chancellor urged to recover money lost from recruitment sector tax avoidance image
....He also asked: “What assessment [the chancellor] has made of the impact of the mass liquidation of mini companies associated with the Anderson Group on tax revenue?”. The move by Field comes after the latest exposé on this type of scheme, designed to save tax by setting up thousands of tiny firms to exploit VAT and national insurance rules that were originally designed to help very small businesses. ...
The U-turn generation: have British teenagers stopped learning to drive? image
....High costs are being blamed. According to the motoring website Honest John, which collated the stats, a city-based teenager with an £8,000 hatchback can be quoted upwards of £4,000 for one year’s insurance, while lessons and tests generally cost £1,500. ...
Gig economy workers on their jobs: 'They do exercise control over us' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 11:57:45 AM
....While this sounds a good rate of pay, well above the minimum wage, Biswas is a self-employed independent contractor so he doesn’t receive sick pay, holiday pay or anything towards the cost of maintaining or insuring his motorbike. Biswas bought his own bike which cost about £2,500 and he pays about £100 a month for insurance. ...
Bank of England warns it will go after firms looking to mask risks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 04:03:22 PM
....He outlined a number of practices that the regulator had uncovered, including borrowing that did not appear on banks’ balance sheets – through the use of so-called off-balance sheet vehicles. He also highlighted technicalities around the way banks handle assets that are easy to sell in a crisis – so-called liquid assets – and the way insurance products could be amended to bolster profits. ...
Recruitment advisers' tax scheme liquidated after HMRC asks questions image
.... It has been used by recruitment agencies supplying low-paid workers to businesses including Marks & Spencer and Dixons Carphone. The arrangements – which work by setting up thousands of tiny firms to exploit VAT and national insurance rules that were originally designed to help very small businesses – have netted vast windfalls for those involved. ...
Switching your current account – Five minute guide with all you need to know image
....Barclays Blue Rewards pays £3. 50 a month for each of your first two direct debit payments, minus its monthly £3 fee, with further rewards for home insurance and mortgage customers. ...
Gig economy: now is the time to ease the burden for workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:00:16 AM
.... This employment category is plainly being abused by some companies whose workers continue to be told how to behave like regular employees for all practical purposes – their work can be directed down to exact details, including time, hours, place and uniform. The only real difference is that the employer is able to avoid paying employers’ national insurance and pension contributions, and offering protections such as maternity and sick pay. ...

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