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Check your car insurance before driving abroad, urges M&S Bank

| July 19, 2017

M&S Bank is urging holidaymakers to check their car insurance policy before hitting the roads this summer as research reveals that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of those planning to drive their car in mainland Europe believe they either aren’t, or don’t know if they are, insured to drive in the EU. When it […]

Late payments costing smaller UK businesses more than £2bn a year

| July 19, 2017

The UK’s smaller businesses are facing a total bill of £2.16 billion to chase overdue payments, according to Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs), the company behind Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit in the UK. That’s in spite of a dramatic drop in the overall late payment debt, with new figures showing that UK small […]

Holidaymakers splash £28 billion each year on pre-getaway purchases

| July 12, 2017

As Brits count down the days until their summer holiday begins, a new study by American Express has revealed that holidaymakers are likely to spend an average of £273 before they have even left their front door, stocking up on holiday items ranging from goggles and gadgets to games. As a nation, Britons take an average […]

New overdraft tariff announced for Lloyds’s Bank and Halifax customers

| July 12, 2017

Lloyds Banking Group has announced that it is revamping the overdraft charges for customers of Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank with effect from November this year. The banking giant has decided to ditch the £6 monthly overdraft charge for Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland customers and will no longer charge unauthorised overdraft […]

Four out of 10 UK holidaymakers have had possessions go missing on holiday

| July 10, 2017

Four out of 10 UK holidaymakers have lost, or had stolen, an item of value while on holiday, a study from Aviva insurance reveals. A survey of 2,000 UK adults who have taken a break in the last two years found that 18% had lost an important personal possession while on holiday, while 17% had […]

Nearly one in six adults rely on credit cards to get through the month

| July 4, 2017

Nearly one in six adults rely on their plastic for financial survival as debt worries grow, new research from financial services insight specialist Consumer Intelligence shows. Its study found that 80% of the population has a credit card. Of those, 19% of credit card customers admit they cannot get through a month without their cards with […]

7 in 10 Brits stuck on expensive standard variable mobile phone tariffs

| July 4, 2017

Seven in ten energy customers in Britain (17 million) are languishing on expensive deals known as standard variable tariffs (SVTs), potentially throwing away nearly £300 each but half of all customers don’t think they’re on one. The new research from, the price comparison and switching service, demonstrates a distinct lack of awareness amongst consumers, with over […]

Motorists urged to drive safely abroad this summer as car insurer sees huge rise in claims

| July 4, 2017

British motorists who drive their cars abroad are being urged take care, as Admiral reveals the number of overseas insurance claims it has dealt with has risen 160% in the last five years. With millions of Brits taking their car abroad each year, the car insurance specialist has identified the most common destinations for accidents as part […]

Car insurance premiums soar by 15.7% in the past year

| June 23, 2017

Drivers are facing accelerating increases in car insurance taking average premiums to £666 as Government compensation rules come into effect, new research from insurance research experts Consumer Intelligence shows. Average car insurance bills have increased by 15.7% in the past year – more than five times inflation – with nearly half the rise happening in the […]

Over 50s on staycation risk being left out of pocket

| June 19, 2017

Research by Saga Travel Insurance has revealed that 350,000 over 50s have travelled without insurance in the last 5 years. With reports suggesting that the weakening of the pound is resulting in a rise in so-called ‘staycations’, the survey of almost 12,000 shows that of those not taking out cover almost eight in ten were […]