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.
Should the state look after us in later life?
There has been much mention of the UK pensions industry over the last few weeks, in both the public and private sectors, with many changes forecast in the future. However, it is becoming more and more apparent that many people in the UK are unwilling or unable to put aside savings for their retirement and will become more dependent upon the state to fund their later life. But should the state look...Read More
Santander confirms 400 new UK jobs
Spanish banking giant Santander, the owner of Abbey, Bradford and Bingley and the Alliance and Leicester, has today confirmed a further 400 new jobs in the UK. The 400 jobs will be in call centres in Liverpool, Leicester and Glasgow and are on top of the 600 jobs announced in July. It seems that Santander is now making a major push for the UK market at a time when many UK banks are pulling back on...Read More
Is Richard Branson targeting Northern Rock?
As we covered earlier this week, Richard Branson, via his Virgin Money subsidy, is looking to obtain a banking licence for the UK. While the company would have you believe this is just a natural progression, when you bear in mind the operation has exposure to credit cards and the like, there are many who believe this is the first step towards an acquisition of state-owned Northern Rock.
UK insurance rates are set to soar in coming years
While the banking industry is under serious pressure from the government, the insurance sector is sure to come under close scrutiny over the next couple of years. It is no surprise that insurance companies have seen a major reduction in their incomes in light of the economic slowdown and stock market turmoil, and this reduced income will need to be covered by increased premiums.
Empty homes 'decreasing in number'
Empty properties in England are decreasing in number, according to a new survey from Halifax.A report from the lender revealed that there has been a nine per cent drop in empty homes in the last five years.Despite this, more than three per cent of the total stock in 17 English local authorities are empty properties, with more than half of these in the north-west of the country."It is highly encour...Read More