This Month's Top Articles
|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...
|E.On raises dual fuel tariffs by 8.8%|
|8th March 2017|
|Energy firm E.On has become the latest supplier to announce an inflation-busting hike in its prices.|
From April 26th, it will increase its standard tariff electricity prices by 13.8 per cent and gas by 3.8 per cent. This will translate into an 8.8 per cent rise for dual fuel customers and a...
|House price increases lose momentum|
|7th March 2017|
|The rate at which UK house prices have increased in the last year has eased to 5.1 per cent, new research has revealed.|
Halifax has found the average house price is now £219,949, 5.1 per cent up on February 2016. This was compared with January's year-on-year change of 5.7 per cent...
|New laws on driving while on phone 'to catch many motorists out'|
|28th February 2017|
|There is widespread ignorance of the tighter laws coming into effect on the use of mobile phones in cars tomorrow (March 1st), a new survey has revealed.|
Co-operative Insurance has found 39 per cent of drivers are unaware of the new law that will see the size of fines and number of penalty ...
|Charity walk highlights need for travel insurance|
|28th February 2017|
|The need to take out travel insurance in the UK may be overlooked by some, but it can be very important for dealing with claims arising out of accidents undertaken during dangerous activities.|
At this time of year, many people are planning some spring and summer trips to the hills and while...