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Bad credit freezes millions of Brits from everyday life

About six million Britons are being excluded from everyday life because of their credit histories, according to research* conducted on behalf of the Debt Advisory Centre. People with poor credit scores are struggling to secure a home, open a bank account, get car insurance or a mobile phone contract, the research revealed. Some 2.7 million people […]

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Travel currency promise from Sainsbury’s Bank

Research out this week reveals that UK citizens took almost 39 million holiday trips abroad in 2014 and spent £24.4 billion whilst there.  Sainsbury’ Bank Travel Money predicts another busy June, as last June was the fourth busiest month for the supermarket bank’s travel money sales. The amount of travel money bought from Sainsbury’s in June 2014 […]

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Boots launches new travel insurance products

High street retail giant Boots has launched its new travel insurance range, designed to make sure that all members of the family can enjoy the health benefits of a holiday. The new product range is now wider and more comprehensive with five levels of coverage, which means customers have a greater choice of insurance options […]

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Motorists warned about uninsured vehicle modifications

GoCompare is warning drivers not to inadvertently invalidate their car insurance by not advising their insurer of any modifications they make to their vehicle.  Modifications include performance or aesthetic changes to the bodywork, engine, wheels – even fitting a roof rack or tow bar. The warning comes after an insurance company threatened to void a […]

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Premium Bonds maximum investment increased to £50,000

Customers will be able to invest a further £10,000 in Premium Bonds from Monday 1 June 2015 after the maximum holding limit was increased from £40,000 to £50,000. The change follows the Chancellor’s announcement in the 2014 Budget that NS&I would help support savers by increasing the Premium Bonds investment limit. It comes 12 months […]

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Holidaymakers urged to check their car insurance before driving abroad this summer

M&S Bank is urging British motorists to check their car insurance policy before hitting the roads this summer after research revealed that nearly  one  in  ten (nine per cent) are planning to drive their car in the European Union (EU) over the next 12 months. The M&S Bank research  revealed that of those that are planning to drive their car […]

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Fuel poverty leaves millions of homes cut-off from basic energy supply

Millions of people are regularly being cut-off from their basic gas and electricity supplies because they can’t afford to top-up pre-paid meters, according to research* from the debt advisory centre. A quarter of people questioned were reliant on pre-pay meters in their homes because they have experienced problems paying their bills or need help to manage […]

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UK rental costs hit new high

Private rents across England and Wales have reached a record high average of £774 a month with costs currently rising at between 5% to 8% per year. The cost of monthly rental payments were up 4.6% in April compared to the same time last year – the fastest annual increase since November 2010 – while they […]

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Failure to leave a will can lead to family feuds

An estimated 1 million Brits have had a serious family argument after a loved-one has passed away with no will in place, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support. Of those that said that they’d had a family feud over a will, nearly a fifth said that it had gone on to break up […]

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More than one in seven set to retire in 2015 with no pension

More than one in seven people planning to retire this year have no pension savings, and will either be totally or heavily dependent on the State Pension as their only source of regular retirement income, according to research by Prudential. In its study tracking the future plans of people who plan to retire this year, the insurer […]

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