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.
New charges 'hit vulnerable hardest'
New charges levied against customers who do not pay their bills electronically are likely to hit vulnerable groups hardest, a charity has warned.Credit Action cautioned that with a number of major companies introducing these charges, the elderly and the poor would be the ones to lose out.Traditionally, customers have been offered a discount for paying phone, gas or other bills by direct debit.But...Read More
So Mr Osborne is the devil in the detail?
Despite opening his budget speech yesterday with a promise to be transparent and up front about all changes it would appear that George Osborne has quietly lowered the threshold at which the 40% income tax rate kicks in. It is now estimated that 700,000 more people in the UK will be dragged into the 40% tax band and see their income tax bills increase for the foreseeable future. On the surface...Read More
Hastings Insurance Hit With £735,000 Fine
Well known car insurance company Hastings Insurance has been hit with a £735,000 fine after it cancelled a number of motor insurance policies at short notice after finding a pricing error in their system. In total the group cancelled 4,550 motor policies after checks revealed that quotes were on average £539 cheaper than they should have been. However, the group has been strongly criticised fo...Read More
Is Cadbury in play?
As we covered in one of our earlier post, today's trading statement from Cadbury contained a number of positive figures and forecasts for the future and in fact took many analysts and investors by surprise. Initially the shares were marked up by around 1.2% although they have since fallen back to around eight pounds against an indicative offer price from Kraft Foods of around £7.26. So what next...Read More
Olympic ‘Distraction’ causes House Price Drop
Sellers of properties within the UK slashed house prices in the month of August, due to the Olympic Games causing a distraction to buyers, along with the faltering economy within the UK to blame too. Data from Rightmove Plc indicates that asking prices in England and Wales fell by an average of 2.4pc as sellers battled against lack of attention from buyers. London alone saw values of housi...Read More