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.
SSE announce 4.1% gas price cut
26/01/2015 Gas and electricity company SSE has announced that they will be cutting gas prices in the UK by 4.1%, saving the average household around £28 a year. The energy supplier has become the latest out of the “big six” energy companies to cut gas prices, as a result of falling wholesale gas prices. Additionally, SSE said that they would extend their previous ‘price freeze’ f...Read More
Why do people fall for Ponzi fraud schemes?
Today's revelation that the SFO has secured a successful conviction against former taxi driver Kevin Foster regarding his Ponzi scheme is yet another example of the problems the UK authorities have regarding fraud. When the scheme collapsed Foster was found to be £34 million short of the funding required to cover payments to his 8,500 investors. However, it is the promises made by the convicted f...Read More
New car sales starting to falter
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Church confessional sponsored by UK bookmaker
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Is this the end of the free market?
Many experts believe that the events of the last 18 months could herald the end of the free market in the UK finance sector. Never before has one sector been proven to be so instrumental in the direction of an economy as the UK financial sector over the last few months. No future government in UK can really afford to give one area of the UK economy so much power and we could see the end of the fre...Read More