Unauthorised term time absences on the rise as parents try to cut holiday costs

Families hoping to save cash by going on holiday before the schools break up for summer could face millions of pounds worth of fines, according to new research from Santander UK. In the last full academic year (2014/15) parents were issued with an estimated £5.6 million worth of fines for unauthorised holiday absences. Parents across England […]

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Raising girls costs more than bringing up boys

New research and analysis into the cost of families from Sainsbury’s Bank has found that some children come with a heftier price tag than others. Parents of children under the age of 18 estimated that a daughter is more costly to raise than a son, across all age points. The survey, which was conducted for […]

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More than a quarter of Brits change online passwords less than once a year

New online research commissioned by credit information provider, Equifax, reveals that how we manage our passwords could mean we are leaving an ‘open door’ for fraudsters. According to the responses of over 2,000 people, more than a quarter (27%) change their online passwords less than once a year and 23% never change their passwords without […]

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Co-op launches UK’s most affordable national fully-guaranteed funeral plan

The UK’s leading funeral provider, Co-op Funeralcare, has increased its efforts to combat the rising cost of funerals by launching a new range of measures on affordability. The measures represent the second major initiative by the Co-op this year in support of its long term commitment to improve funeral affordability. The steps announced see Co-op […]

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Five easy ways to improve your credit score

1.    Ensure you’re on the electoral register. Lenders use it to help fight identity fraud by confirming a person is who they say they are – and resides at that address 2.    Pay bills on time every month – a good credit score is built up over time and this shows lenders that you are […]

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20% off National Railcards from Monday 4 July to Monday 18 July

Today National Railcards* has announced a 20 per cent discount on its 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior and Two Together one year Railcards. The sale, which will run from Monday 4 July to Monday 18 July, means Railcards will cost just £24 for a year’s unlimited usage – a saving of £6 on the usual price […]

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7 in 10 holidays in the UK are uninsured – £1000s of valuables at risk

7 in 10 people taking trips in the UK this summer could be doing so uninsured, leaving thousands of pounds worth of valuables at risk of theft, loss and damage, according to new research from home insurance provider Policy Expert. Of the 2,500 people surveyed, 63% admitted they didn’t have away from home cover included […]

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Men twice as likely to have mobiles stolen at music festivals

Almost 5 million 18-35 year olds are planning to book tickets to music festivals this summer, carting with them £1.8 billion worth of gadgets[1], according to gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble. And it seems that few of them take throwaway phones. The average festival-goer carries £368 of gadgets, with almost a third (30%) packing tech […]

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Consumers fail to understand benefits of annuities

Retirement Advantage is warning that despite the renewed popularity of annuities following the introduction of pension freedoms, out-of-date myths about the product continue to abound.  The company is urging people to get professional financial advice before making any decisions about their pensions. Andrew Tully, pensions technical director at Retirement Advantage, commented: ‘The pension changes have […]

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New generation of travellers demand digital insurance services

International travel insurance provider, Allianz Global Assistance UK, is changing traditional insurance practices to ensure a simple ‘right first time’ claim submission and speedy payment.  The company has enhanced its digital system to improve how travel insurance claims are made, after it found that 1 in 3 claims did not include the right documentation when […]

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