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  • Car insurance is the most expensive it has ever been, insurers' index shows, as they call for help for motorists

    October 27, 2017 9:04 PM 12

    Motorist are having to pay more for car insurance than ever before, the Association of British Insurers confirmed today. The average motor insurance premium has reached £485, an increase of £45 in the last 12 months and the highest it's been since the ABI has been tracking prices. The blame has been put on changes to personal injury payouts and tax and insurers

  • Coventry BS launches three-year Poppy Bond and cash Isa paying 2%

    October 27, 2017 7:24 AM 23

    Coventry Building Society has launched a new version of its Poppy Bond today which comes with a two per cent rate fixed until December 2020. The fixed bond is also available as a cash Isa for the first time and Britain's second biggest mutual will donate 0.15 per cent of total balances in the accounts as of the end of January 2018 to charity. That being

  • BT told to cut bills for one million landline customers

    October 26, 2017 8:06 AM 20

    BT has agreed to reduce bills for up to one million telephone customers by £84 each year following talks with the communications regulator. Ofcom announced that the company planned to cut the monthly bills of its landline-only customers by £7. Officials expressed concerned that, despite falling wholesale costs, line rental prices have continued to soar. “If BT fails

  • Jet2 flight’s only passenger gets the VIP treatment

    October 25, 2017 11:50 AM 25

    A passenger who paid £46 for a flight to Greece got all 189 seats to herself. Karon Grieve, a writer, was surrounded by row upon row of empty seats on the Jet2 flight from Glasgow to Crete on Sunday. She was told at check-in that only three people were booked on the end-of-season flight. When the other two failed to show up, Ms Grieve, 57, was told to choose

  • Two of Britain's biggest savings providers cut rates to the bone – Lloyds and Halifax easy-access accounts now pay just 0.05%

    October 25, 2017 8:52 AM 14

    Halifax and Lloyds have slashed rates to the bone on their easy-access accounts for new savers. The cuts by two of Britain's biggest savings providers come ahead of an expected rise in the Bank of England base rate early next month. Experts say big banks will continue to offer poor value even if they pass on any base rate rise in full — because they are starting

  • Will working part-time after retirement affect my pension?

    October 24, 2017 6:49 AM 20

    I took voluntary redundancy in February 2017. I took a £40,000 lump sum and get £506 per month. I’m bored and want to work part time. I live alone. How many hours am I entitled to work without it affecting my monthly pension payment? Hope you can help. People are telling me different things - 16 hours or 20 hours and now 26. Changing your mind: Does deciding

  • Ex-HSBC banker found guilty by US jury in fraud case

    October 23, 2017 7:00 PM 19

    British citizen Mark Johnson, who was head of the bank's global foreign exchange cash trading desk, was on trial in New York. Prosecutors said British citizen Mark Johnson, former head of the bank's global foreign exchange cash trading desk, plotted to ramp up the price of sterling before executing a trade for Cairn Energy - making millions for the lender

  • T-charge: All you need to know about London's new anti-pollution measure

    October 23, 2017 6:15 AM 15

    Diesel and petrol vehicles, including HGVs, busses and coaches, registered before 2006 which do not meet the Euro 4/IV European directive to regulate vehicle emissions. For motorised tricycles or quadricycles, they must meet the Euro 3 standard. For newer vehicles, the Euro emission standard may be listed on your vehicles V5C document in section D.2. Motorcycles

  • Unexpected fall in borrowing creates Pre-Budget boost for Philip Hammond

    October 21, 2017 3:11 PM 15

    CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond got a public finances boost before November’s Budget as Government borrowing fell to its lowest level in a decade last month. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, unexpectedly dropped in September by £700million to £5.9billion in contrast to last year. It ensured that the UK’s public

  • McDonald's released an optical illusion with a secret message for fast food fans

    October 21, 2017 10:32 AM 11

    Be honest: you were thinking about McDonald's even before you saw this. It's at the back of your mind, my mind, everyone's mind. Every waking second is an opportunity to either go to McDonald's, order McDonald's, eat McDonald's or consider going back to McDonald's to get more McDonald's. Guys... I want McDonald's, and I don't doubt that you want McDonald's