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.
If Alistair Darling can't read the economy, what chance have we got?
Over the last few weeks there have been more "nods and winks" to economists in the UK than you could count. The UK government was adamant that the UK economy would move out of recession in the third quarter of 2009, something which they believed would be confirmed by yesterday's GDP figures. However, they could not have been more wrong!
The concern now is that if the UK government w...
American Express suspends contributions to UK pension scheme
In a move which many people hope will not be replicated across the UK business sector, American Express has today announced that company contributions into the UK final salary pension scheme have been suspended. The U.S.-based giant has, like so many other financial companies, suffered during the recession and confirmed plans to stop matching employee contributions for the next 18 months, somethin...Read More
Bungalows popular as prices continue to rise
New figures have shown that the property market continued to see signs of growth during April, despite the recent interest rate rises.Although the housing sector has seen four increases in interest rates since last August, figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government have found that prices have continued to rise, with bungalows appearing to be the most desirable form of home.The...Read More
When Will Competition Return To The Mortgage Market?
The UK mortgage market has been something of a graveyard for many of the major players over the last 12 months with finance hard to come by and reliable customers even harder to find. So when will we see a return of good old fashioned competition in the mortgage sector? When will we be able to signup knowing that we have a competitive rate AND competitive terms and conditions?
Lloyds bank under pressure after Barclays share sale
The announcement of a major share sale by a significant Barclays bank shareholder has put the UK banking sector back under the spotlight. The £1.4 billion share sale by the Qatar Investment group has liquidated a profit of around £700 million but may have come at just the wrong time for Lloyds bank.
We saw the Barclays bank share price fall on the back of the share sale with many...