Tree subsidence danger highlighted
Homeowners are being warned about the potential subsidence dangers caused by planting trees too close to their homes.According to Halifax Home Insurance, planting trees too close to homes accounts for the majority of subsidence claims dealt with by insurers.In extreme cases, subsidence can cause major structural damage to homes, however paying special attention to the trees and vegetation around a property can go a long way towards reducing the risk of a subsidence problem."When people plant trees they plant them as young saplings in the garden and obviously they are going to prove no problem whatsoever till after a good number of years," Neil Curling, spokesperson for Halifax Home Insurance said."Regardless of whether the present incumbents stay in the house long enough they have set in motion a chain of events which can lead to subsidence."People do plant trees too close to houses and they bring about the majority of subsidence insurance claims that we face," he added.Most people are insured for subsidence in their home insurance policy, even if they planted the offending tree themselves.
Norwich Union disappears and Aviva takes over
While effectively the name of Norwich Union began to disappear many years ago, today marks a definitive point in the history of this well-known insurance company, which will disappear altogether. Having operated as a subsidiary of Aviva, the former CGNU insurance conglomerate, Norwich Union will be no more after today as the rebranding exercise reaches the end of the road.
Commons committee stokes up the pay-as-you-go motoring scheme again
Despite a move to introduce pay as you drive motoring being shot down in flames by UK motorists only 2 years ago it looks as though this particular policy may well be back on the agenda. Citing the fact that motorists no longer believe the government when it introduces tax rises for motorists in the name of "the green revolution" there is a push to put pay as you drive motoring back on the agenda....Read More
Marc Bolland takes his seat at Marks & Spencer
Marc Bolland, the new chief executive of Marks & Spencer, is 24 hours into his new role and one day into an eight week induction course. This is the man who has been given the opportunity to relight the fire of Marks & Spencer after a difficult period in the history of this ever popular UK retailer. So what can we expect from the tenure of the new chief executive? Marc Bolland, formerly of Morr...Read More
Cut more energy bills, regulator says
Britain's gas and electricity providers should continue to cut unnecessary costs from customer bills, Ofgem said today.The regulator made the comments in the initial findings of its billing practices investigation - which revealed that some householders were paying too much for their energy through no fault of their own.For example, some who get their fuel through prepayment meters are paying more...Read More
Inflation measure moves with modern technology
A range of modern-day consumer gadgets are being used to help monitor the rate of inflation in the UK.The Office for National Statistics' (ONS) 'basket' of goods now includes DVD recorders, satellite navigation systems (satnav) and digital radios (DAB).They are among 20 items included for the first time in the basket, which incorporates 120,000 prices of more than 650 goods and services to calcula...Read More