A quarter say damage to hire car not their fault

“It wasn’t my fault” said almost a quarter of car hire drivers who have had to claim for damage on a hire car. iCarhireinsurance.com, the leading provider of specialist car hire excess insurance, analysed its claims from 1 January 2014 until 30 September 2015, and found that in 23% of claims, the claimant said the […]

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£17,000 spent on gardens to impress neighbours

We’re a nation of competitive gardeners, investing more than £17,000 in our gardens over a lifetime to impress neighbours and keep up appearances, according to new research from Policy Expert. Nearly one in four (23%) of the 2,205 people surveyed complained of a green-fingered neighbour whose garden always upstages the rest of the street, with […]

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Half of people are harming their own credit score

Half of people in the UK have never checked their credit score, according to research from RateSetter, with 53% doing something which may actually harm their credit score – potentially making it difficult or impossible for them to borrow money in the future. In addition, three in ten (30%) people are worried about their creditworthiness […]

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Two thirds of couples don’t trust each other with their PIN

The foundation of any strong relationship is said to be trust, yet apparently the principle doesn’t quite extend to your finances. According to research from Defender Note, more than two thirds (67 per cent) of UK adults keep their bank card PIN hidden from their partner. Men appear to be more careful with the numbers, […]

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Average car insurance price rises have doubled in the past year

Average price rises for drivers renewing their car insurance have doubled in the past year as shopping around hits a three-year high,  independent data Consumer Intelligence shows. Its data – used by the Government’s Office of National Statistics to calculate official inflation statistics – shows average renewal quotes have increased £22 on average compared to […]

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One in seven to retire without a pension this year

At least one in every seven (14 per cent) people retiring this year has made no provision for their retirement and will be either totally or heavily reliant on the State Pension to provide a regular income when they retire, according to newly released research. The findings are parts of a unique annual study carried […]

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UK’s slowest cities for broadband named and shamed

Hull, next year’s City of Culture has come bottom of a league table revealing average broadband speeds in 42 major UK cities and towns, according to price comparison service uSwitch.com. The data, which shows actual speeds rather than available top speeds – and therefore provides an indication of fibre broadband take up across the UK […]

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DIY disasters could cost you dearly this bank holiday

Ahead of the upcoming bank holiday weekend, please see below comment and stats from home insurer Policy Expert around the amount of DIY Brits will be attempting. · 67% of Brits will be doing DIY this bank holiday · 57% are confident in their abilities, but 20% have had a costly disaster in the past […]

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A quarter of mobile users wrongly believe it’s free to roam in the EU

Using a mobile phone in EU countries will cost Brits less from the end of this month, as the European Commission (EC) reduces mobile roaming charges further by introducing lower caps on charges for calls, texts and data. However, price comparison and switching service u-switch says people still need to keep a close eye on the […]

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Travellers warned to do their homework before exploring new destinations

Comparison website GoCompare is urging travellers heading to unfamiliar destinations to plan ahead and make sure they know the laws of and have the required travel documents and inoculations for the country they are visiting. Intrepid travellers are also warned not to assume that all hotels, retailers and ATMs in the country they are visiting […]

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