Summertime garden theft blues cost £400
Opportunistic garden thieves stole an average of £400 of garden furniture from properties in the UK last year.With the sunny days of British summertime almost upon us, homeowners are being warned to protect their homes this year to prevent green-fingered thieved from spoiling their summer.According to Halifax, insurance claims for garden theft tripled between March and August last year, with items including tools, barbecues, bicycles and patio furniture high on the thieves' wish-list."Homeowners can forget to pay as much attention to security outside the house as they do inside," Halifax Home Insurance's senior manager of underwriting, Vicky Emmott said."With many people realising how much value they can add to their property by improving their gardens, there are now rich pickings for thieves, and now is the time to take steps to avoid becoming the next victim," she added.Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Southampton were listed as the top three worst hit areas in the UK, with Wakefield, Nottingham and Newcastle not far behind.
The long-term damage of loan sharks
Unofficial doorstep lenders are making a significant reappearance across the UK as the recession continues to bite and more and more people find it difficult to make ends meet. The government recently introduced a number of regulations which were designed to stamp out unofficial doorstep lending but under the surface the system, predominantly in low-income areas, has continued, taking advantage of...Read More
Nationwide’s mortgage lending falls by almost £1b
25/11/2014 Nationwide Building Society’s mortgage lending has fallen by almost £1 billion over the past six months, its interim results show. Nationwide, Britain’s biggest building society, has released figures showing lending at £13.1bn for the six months to September 30, down £900m from the six months to March 30. Net lending was £2bn lower at £3.6bn. New mortgages lending rul...Read More
Thoresen: National financial help service should be set up
A national service for people to share their money worries with experts has been recommended by the chief executive of insurer Aegon UK, Otto Thoresen.Mr Thoresen was hired by the treasury to conduct an investigation into the creation of the new body - and reported his findings yesterday.Support for the service was found by a poll conducted for the report - with 75 per cent saying that they would...Read More
Government introduces flexible working hours for parents
In a move which has been welcomed by parents, but received a very lukewarm response from business, the UK government has extended current guidelines regarding flexible working for parents. Currently, parents with children under six years of age are able to approach their employers about flexible working hours although this has now been extended to those with children aged 16 or under.
One in four families dragged into fuel poverty
Research from the Department of Energy and Climate Change has confirmed that one in four families in the UK are now trapped in "fuel poverty" whereby at least 10% of their income is spent on gas and electricity. This figure has risen by 15% since 2007 and now takes in 4 million people although projections for this year suggest the figure could rise to as high as 6.6 million people. This is almost...Read More