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.
UK Insurers Delay Introduction Of Genetic Testing
While the subject of genetic testing has been at the forefront of the British insurance industry for many years, the industry spokesperson, the Associations of British Insurers, has announced plans for a further freeze until 2014. Under the freeze, consumers will still be able to take out insurance cover without disclosing the results of any genetic tests which they may have had carried out.
UK government considers abolishing retirement age
The UK government is stuck between a rock and a hard place as it battles against the ever-changing population breakdown of the UK. For the first time ever there are now more pensioners than children in the UK due to a longer lifespan for the UK population and a lower than expected birth rate. When you also bear in mind that pension funds have suffered dramatic falls over the last couple of years t...Read More
“Staggeringly Strong” figures show Unemployment fall to 7.1%
22/01/2014 The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show unemployment drop to 7.1%, in what BNP Paribas, Chief UK economist David Tinsley has described as “staggeringly strong.” The figures come within touching distance of the 7% benchmark set by the Bank of England as the point they will consider increasing interest rates, despite the Bank previously claiming that the...Read More
5m Expected To Join Social Housing List
As the credit crunch continues to impact upon a range of areas of the UK economy it seems that the demand for social housing is set to mushroom over the next five year. The Local Government Association believe that the current problems in the UK property market will see the social housing waiting list pushed up to 5 million causing a massive strain on local authority budgets. While the above s...Read More
Saving for the future
As we enter what many believe could be one of the sharpest downturns in the UK economy in modern times many people are literally living hand to mouth with very little spare money to save. However it is vital that where possible consumers try and put away as much as possible for those "rainy day" situations where even five pounds or £10 a week could make a serious difference.