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.
Irish government steps in to save its own banking system
They could not do it in the US, they keep talking about it in the UK but the Irish government has taken the bold step of guaranteeing the debts and deposits of the country's six largest financial institutions. The move, which has given a massive lift to the sector after weeks of concern, will cost around $700 billion in its entirety but the chances are that the vote of confidence will be enough a...Read More
Michael Martin finally leaves the Speaker's office
Michael Martin, the Speaker of the House of Commons, will go down in history as only the second Speaker ever to be dismissed from the house in over 300 years. While many believe he is being made a scapegoat for the MP's expenses scandal there is no doubt that under his control the House of Commons has become a more secretive and more reclusive institution with significant taxpayer funds used to tr...Read More
Top ten interesting election facts
22/04/2015 As polling day quickly approaches, how are you feeling about it the general election on 7th May? Are you excited, not really bothered or already tired of all the hype? We here a financialadvice.co.uk have done a little research to find you the most interesting facts we can about the party leaders, MPs, election process and previous elections. 1. A multi party age has landed In t...Read More
Homeowners in line for £60 million PPI mortgage insurance refund
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today announced a new initiative which will see mortgage companies pay back up to £60 million to consumers who are being impacted by changes in mortgage PPI schemes. It was revealed that a number of companies have in fact increased the premiums associated with mortgage PPI arrangements while at the same time reducing the cover available as they became mo...Read More
Would a reduction in the UK credit rating make a difference?
As UK national debt continue to spiral higher and higher there are serious concerns that the UK government is losing control. Many of the credit rating agencies have been examining the situation in the UK and there are suggestions we could see possible downgrades in the short to medium term. A downgrade on the U.K.'s credit rating will have a serious impact on the cost of finance and the length of...Read More