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.
One size travel insurance policies not a good fit for cancer sufferers
Travel insurance policies are designed on a "one-size fits all" basis, but this is not always the case, particularly for those with health problems.Travellers who have a pre-existing medical condition, or those who have been diagnosed with cancer often find it difficult to get travel insurance - research carried out by the charity Cancerbackup found that as many as 70 per cent of sufferers who tri...Read More
PPI removed from financial sector as of today
Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), the controversial insurance which has proved very lucrative for many financial institutions throughout the UK is today banned from sale in the country. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) recently acted upon the advice of a prominent report into PPI and the problems related to this particular investment vehicle.
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Scottish government injects £45 million into low-cost homes
The Scottish government has today announced plans to inject £45 million into a program which will construct up to 800 new low-cost homes across Scotland. The money is made up of a £31 million injection from the previous budget and £14 million which has been freed up by the Scottish government from its existing housing program. So will this make a difference? There is a definitive lack of aff...Read More
British Airways announced 92% fall in profits
Further turbulence in the UK airline market is expected with news that first profits at British Airways fell by 92% with the company reporting very difficult trading conditions. Pre-tax profits for the first six months to September 30 fell to £52 million although there is also concern about the full-year impact. Record fuel prices and a constant reduction in travel numbers seems to have done the...Read More
UK new car sales collapse
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced that new car sales have fallen by 23% over the last 12 months in the UK. The decline in new car sales is the largest since the early 1990s although the situation looks set to get worse before finally recovering in line with the UK economy. Those who read the press will have seen a number of buying one car and get one free offers w...Read More