Eight million suffer from 'crashback'
Up to eight million British drivers could be suffering from a post-car accident condition known as 'crashback'.New research says two in five motorists endure the "serious" affliction, which can lead to a "loss of confidence, nightmares about their accident and panic attacks even when they're not driving".Insurance provider More Than, which produced today's survey, claims that 170,000 people take six months to drive again after an accident, while 85,000 people have not driven since being involved in a crash half a year ago.The insurer says that it can take up to five years to recover from the condition, which can also lead to "erratic driving" when an individual gets behind the wheel again."Crashback is a very common condition among drivers who have been involved in an accident. Any car crash, no matter how small, can be traumatic, and there's nothing unusual in feeling upset or anxious after a crash," said Marcia Chambers, from More Than.Citing statistics that show 200,000 people are injured on British roads every year, More Than head of motor insurance Keith Maxwell, added: "Although not often talked about, this sort of anxiety and stress can be serious and people need to take time and concentrate on feeling better. "Drivers should not feel under pressure to get behind the wheel again before they're ready. It can add stress, meaning it takes longer to get back to normal, and could lead to unsafe driving behaviour."
UK government announces crackdown on payment protection insurance
The UK government has today announced a substantial change in the regulations governing the sale of payment protection insurance (PPI) in relation to loans and credit cards. This area of the market has been relatively untouched for some time despite growing complaints of aggressive sales pitches and some customers feeling they had no choice but to take out PPI with their loan or credit card compan...Read More
Scottish tax payers set to take £45 million hit
While there is no good time to lose £45 million of tax payer's money, the news that Scottish local authorities have around £45 million with Icelandic banks is not good news for councils, for the government and for tax payers. As the SNP government continues it relentless crusade to place councils under as much spending pressure as possible - often taking the praise for scheme which are unfunded...Read More
Do You Want To Work Until You Are 70?
A report by Lord Turner of Ecchinswell into the UK state pension scheme has advised the government that in order to maintain the relative value of today's pension, the age of retirement will need to rise to age 70 by the mid 2000s. The prediction for the new 70 retirement age is an increase on the 68 year old figure which was calculated just a couple of years ago and will see more of the UK popul...Read More
Sickness benefit for the self-employed
As more and more people in the UK look to work online and potentially work for themselves from home we have seen an increase in the number of sole traders and small business operations. However, while there are many benefits to working for yourself and working from home there are also a number of potential pitfalls that you need to be aware. Sickness benefit is an area which is often left unexplor...Read More
OneStop shoppers to receive offers via app
04/09/2014 Customers are able to have personalised discount offers sent directly to their smartphone whenever they enter a OneStop store from this week. These offers are tailored to each individuals preferences based on their internet shopping history. The first promotion is for discounts on the magazines Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite Week. Consumers will need to download t...Read More