This Month's Top Articles
|Bank of Mum and Dad plays bigger role in first-time buying|
|29th March 2017|
|The importance of the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' in helping children take their first steps on the housing ladder is a well-known phenomenon - and it is now becoming even more prominent.|
Data from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has shown that the proportion of first-time buyer...
|Consumer confidence 'on the rise'|
|29th March 2017|
|The level of confidence UK consumers have about their finances has risen steadily, and people are willing to spend more. ?Lloyds ?Bank's regular consumer survey, carried out in conjunction with Ipsos Mori, has found that spending has risen for the sixth successive month, with 68 per cent of peop... |
|Change of clocks 'increases burglaries' |
|28th March 2017|
|The number of 'opportunistic burglaries' - cases where homes are robbed without a forced entry being required - rise by a quarter when the clocks go forward, Co-op Insurance has warned.|
Home insurance policy holders were warned by the firm that this time of year can present a major ...
|Missing dog found after 12 days|
|24th March 2017|
|There are few bigger nightmares for pet owners than for their beloved animals to go missing, but one such tale in the Scottish Highlands has had a happy ending.|
A collie called Nell, who belongs to a local crofter, went missing in the Fort William area and was missing for 12 days before bei...
|First-time buyers 'driving mortgage market'|
|23rd March 2017|
|First-time buyers are the driving force behind the steady rate of mortgage lending, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).|
The organisation's latest figures have revealed that £18.2 billion was lent in February, down on January's total of £19.8 billion but s...
|Drivers' lax attitudes to phone use revealed|
|22nd March 2017|
|Despite the recent increase in penalties for using a mobile phone while driving, motorists appear to remain largely unconcerned about the dangers of being on a call when behind the wheel.|
This was the finding of a survey by insurance firm Admiral, which found one in four motorists believe d...
|Animals 'causing extensive damage' to cars |
|21st March 2017|
|Animals caused over £600,000 worth of damage to the cars of those aged over 50 alone last year, new data has revealed.|
A study by Saga found the average repair costs for damage caused by animals is £1,400. Deer were the most common car-crunching critters, with nearly 300 inciden...
|Influential MP urges energy customers to switch|
|16th March 2017|
|Consumers unhappy with recent rises in energy bills may be keen to look around for a better deal - and they have been encouraged to do so by an influential MP.|
Iain Wright, who chairs the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: "Given that energy capa...
|Travel more, over-50s advise younger people|
|15th March 2017|
|Not seeing more of the world is one of the biggest regrets expressed by over-50s, a new survey has found.|
A poll by SunLife found this was the most commonly expressed regret by those it interviewed, ahead of other common regrets like losing touch with friends, marrying the wrong person, not...
|SSE to hike electricity prices|
|13th March 2017|
|SSE has become the latest energy provider to announce a price hike.|
Last week, E.on revealed it would be increasing its dual fuel tariff by 8.8 per cent, with a 13.8 per cent hike for electricity and a 3.8 per cent rise for gas. This led to speculation that the only two companies not to ann...