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Brits lose £670m per year to online fraudsters

21 October 2014

Online fraud is costing Britons £670m per year, figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have revealed. The study, released  today as part of Get Safe Online week, found that [...]

Households offered more cash for green home improvements

7 October 2014

Households are to be offered cash for wall insulation, new boilers and double glazing as the Governments puts £100m into re-opening the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. The scheme launched [...]

200,000 pensioners to receive extra help with energy bills

3 October 2014

The government has announced it will provide extra help to 200,000 pensioners to help them pay their gas and electricity bills. In order to ensure elderly people can meet the [...]

DVLA website crashes as motorists try and renew car tax

1 October 2014

Thousands of motorists were unable to renew their car tax earlier today as the DVLA website crashed under the new system which has scrapped paper discs. The BBC reported that [...]

Customers urged to switch supplier as fixed energy deals end

1 October 2014

Households have been urged to check their energy bills as 12 fixed-rate tariffs are expiring at the end of the month, adding up to £205 to the cost of annual [...]

Sainsbury’s ad blunder causes Twitter storm

30 September 2014

Sainsbury’s has been caught out in an embarrassing blunder as a Twitter user spotted a poster in a store window which had been intended for staff eyes only. The poster called [...]

Payday lenders “still breaking their word”, warns charity

30 September 2014

One in five payday loan borrowers is not told about the risks of extending the loan, Citizens Advice has warned. The charity said lenders have been slow to improve their [...]

Wonga’s profits halve after compensation bill

30 September 2014

Profits at payday lender Wonga have halved after the company  faced a compensation bill for using unfair tactics against customers. Wonga’s profits dropped by 53% from £84.5m to £39.7m in [...]

Cheaper car insurance premiums likely in shake up of ‘restrictive’ deals between insurers and price comparison sites

24 September 2014

Car insurance premiums should fall as the competition authorities ban exclusive agreements between car insurers and online price comparison sites. The Competition and Markets Authority is banning restrictive agreements which [...]

First time switchers could cut energy bills by a quarter

24 September 2014

Britons could cut bills by a quarter by switching for the first time with households losing out by £323 a year by remaining with traditional energy supplier according to calculations [...]

Holidaymakers unfairly penalised by insurers for having a drink

23 September 2014

Holidaymakers who have accidents after having only one or two drinks are being unfairly accused of “alcoholism” by insurers seeking to reject their claims, the Financial Ombudsman Service has warned. [...]

Warning on cruise ship medical costs if passengers get sick

17 September 2014

A travel insurance website has warned cruise ship passengers that they could face big medical bills – at higher prices that UK private medical care if they get sick on [...]

Twenty-somethings admit to costly financial mistakes

16 September 2014

Three quarters of adults in their twenties have made financial mistakes that have ended up costing them for years to come. A new study from the Government-backed Money Advice Service [...]

Want to send you children to private school? You better start saving

5 September 2014

Sending a child to private school cost an average of £12,500 a year, eating up 37% of the average salary.   Private school fees for day pupils have increased by [...]

One in five households struggling to pay water bills

5 September 2014

As the cost of living outstrips wages more people are struggling to to afford basic utility bills like water. While much has been written about the rising cost of electricity [...]

Live like a king after payday, and regret it for the rest of the month

5 September 2014

The days following payday see Britons living like kings, spending an average of £240 in just 24 hours, but we spend the rest of the month regretting it. One in [...]

Critical illness cover extended to maximum 40 years by insurer Zurich to take account of longer mortgage terms

4 September 2014

Insurer Zurich has increased the maximum term for its critical illness cover from 30 to 40 years to take account of customers with longer mortgages and better reflect changing retirement [...]

The Welsh haggle most, the Scots haggle least – but many Britons are seeking a better deal

4 September 2014

The majority of people will negotiate when making major purchases with 62% negotiating over price when buying a home and a similar number, 61%, haggling when purchasing a car according [...]

Just under a quarter of students fear they may have to quit due to finances

3 September 2014

Almost a quarter of current undergraduates (23%) fear they might have to give up their studies due to their financial situation according to new research. A survey of 1,000 students [...]

Parents spend £200 on “Back to School” costs

2 September 2014

Parents spend around £200 per child ahead of the new school year, new figures reveal. As retailers mark the end of the school holidays with “Back to School” promotions, many [...]

Payday loan problems soar by 42%

2 September 2014

The number of people struggling with payday loan debts has soared by 42 per cent this year, debt charity StepChange has warned. In the first six months of 2014 the [...]

Lloyds is most complained about bank

2 September 2014

Lloyds Banking Group was the most complained about financial services company in the first half of this year, new data reveals. The state-backed bank, which also owns the Halifax and [...]

A quarter of Brits have turned down wedding invite due to costs

1 September 2014

A quarter of Brits have had to turn down an invitation to a wedding because of the cost of attending. The cost of stag and hen parties, travel to the [...]

Consumers miss out on huge savings by sticking with same providers

1 September 2014

More than half of consumers have not switched any of their financial products in the past year, meaning they could be missing out on huge savings. Sixty per cent of [...]

Surgeons are the most accident-prone drivers

1 September 2014

Surgeons may be best placed to save your life on the operating table, but they are the most accident-prone professionals you are likely to encounter on the road, according to [...]

2.5m PPI cases to be reviewed over unfair rejections and pitiful payouts

29 August 2014

Those who have already received compensation for payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling may be due more money as 2.5 million cases are reviewed. The City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority [...]

Parents spending £240 per child on back to school preparations

27 August 2014

The total cost of kitting out the nation’s school kids with clothes, books, stationery and other necessities in preparation for the new school term is a staggering £2.5 billion, equivalent [...]

Energy customers warned that six fixed rate tariffs due to end on September 30th

26 August 2014

Comparison website GoCompare has warned that eight fixed energy deals come to an end in just over a month’s time on September 30. Customers who don’t switch in time will [...]

Buying instead of renting will save first-time buyers £1,300 a year

23 August 2014

Getting a expensive deposit together to buy your first home could cost you less in the long run as new figures show renting costs £110 more a month than buying. [...]

HSBC plans account upgrade for 1.3m customers

23 August 2014

HSBC is planning to upgrade 1.3 million banking customers to an ‘Advance’ account. From 10 November the high street bank will offer a new Advance bank account with as no [...]

Students targeted in new mobile phone scam

22 August 2014

Thousands of students may have been caught up in a mobile phone scam that is lumbering them with large debts. It is thought a dozen universities have been targeted by [...]

EDF Energy forced to make £3m payment after complaints failings

22 August 2014

The energy regulator has ordered EDF Energy to pay £3 million to help ‘vulnerable customers’ after an investigation found the company was not handling complaints properly. The ruling means all [...]

First-time buyer sales at seven-year high, but you’ll need £26,000 to get on the ladder

22 August 2014

The number of first-time buyers getting a foot on the ladder has risen to a seven-year high but they will have to spend £9,000 more than last year to secure [...]

Divorce costing nearly £44,000 per couple

19 August 2014

UK couples are spending nearly £44,000 on average when they divorce or separate, totalling £5.7 billion per year in total says a new study from life insurer Aviva. The £21,979 [...]

One million working households are ‘housing pinched’

15 August 2014

One million working households are ‘housing pinched’, spending more than half of their income on rent or mortgage payments.   Research from think-tank Resolution Foundation, reveals 1.6 million households in [...]

Unretiring and part-time pensioners: the new face of retirement

15 August 2014

Living longer, saving less and the end of guaranteed workplace pensions has meant more retirees are becoming part-time pensioners.   Research by insurer LV= shows that just over a third, [...]

Parents spending average of £1,704 on childcare over summer holidays

6 August 2014

Parents across the UK are spending an average of £1,704 on childcare over the six week period of the holidays or £71 per day, according to price comparison service [...]

Energy consumers warned to switch before five fixed price deals come to an end on August 31st

6 August 2014

On Sunday 31 August five fixed energy deals will expire, at which point consumers who have not shopped around and switched to a better deal will be automatically rolled onto [...]

The big bank backlash has begun! Savers switching to smaller banks

1 August 2014

Britons are shunning the ‘Big Four’ banks and switching to smaller banks, according to new figures from The Payments Council. The council, which operates and oversees the seven-day switching guarantee [...]

Broadband customers ‘held captive’ by poor service and high cancellation fees

1 August 2014

Broadband users suffering with poor service are being punished with sneaky charges for trying to cancel and providers are even passing fees on to debt collectors. Citizens’ Advice Bureau said [...]

Stamp duty and inheritance tax: how your house is costing you more

1 August 2014

Rising house prices are not just pushing up household debt burdens but also the amount of tax due to the exchequer. New figures from estate agent Savills shows the number [...]

Millions of flood-risk properties to be left without home insurance

25 July 2014

Millions of homeowners whose properties are at risk of flooding could find themselves without any cover after being excluded from a new affordable flood insurance scheme.   The government and [...]

500,000 could miss out on compensation over mis-sold card and ID insurance

25 July 2014

Half a million consumers who were duped into buying card or identity protection insurance by Card Protection Plan (CPP) have less than five weeks to make a claim for compensation. [...]

Challenging the dominance of the Big Four banks: expert reaction

18 July 2014

Consumer champions, challenger banks and comparison sites have implored the competition watchdog to bring an end to the monopoly within the current account market tin order to encourage product innovation [...]

Competition watchdog barks at Big Four banks over control of current account market

18 July 2014

The competition watchdog is planning an investigation into UK that should see it challenge the ‘Big Four’ high-street banks which control the majority of the current account market. Initial findings [...]

592,695 current account switches in 2014

16 July 2014

There were 592,695 current account switches in 2014 in the year to the 30th June – a 16% year-on-year increase on the year before says the Payments Council. In addition, [...]

Costly homes and income falls: how the burden of homeownership is growing

11 July 2014

Britain’s fiscal watchdog has warned the gap between house price growth and wage inflation will continue to rise, as fears emerge that the average wage could have fallen 20% more [...]

Are you loyal to your bank? Consumer trust rises but we’re more likely to switch

6 July 2014

Trust in banks may be increasing but customer loyalty to a banking brand is starting to wane. A survey by comparison site uSwitch shows that despite numerous scandals including payment [...]

MPs plan to reduce fraudulent claims could push up cost of car insurance

4 July 2014

Insurers have warned the government’s proposal to ban the settlement of whiplash claims without proper medical examination would drive up the cost of car insurance for motorists. MPs on the [...]

Energy scandal: British Gas to pay out £1 million to compensate for mis-selling

4 July 2014

British Gas has been forced to compensate thousands of customers after mis-selling them energy deals by exaggerating how much they could save if they switched to the country’s largest energy [...]

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