Monthly Archives: September 2012

Car insurance industry to face competition investigation

The OFT has concluded that insurers are inflating costs for repairs and hire vehicles by £225m a year Britain’s private motor insurance market has been referred to the Competition Commission to investigate whether drivers are being hit with artificially high … Continue reading

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Just 250 homes bought through NewBuy scheme

Government hopes to help up to 100,000 people move by 2015 but take-up rate has been low Only 250 homes were bought through the government’s NewBuy scheme in the first four months since its launch in March, according to government … Continue reading

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Family support: policy realities for those facing poverty

Zoe Williams (Targeting families has got nothing to do with fairness, 27 September) rightly condemns the way in which politicians of all parties deploy family support provision as a political football. She is kind to overlook the potentially collusive role … Continue reading

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Banks urged to raise more capital from markets amid eurozone crisis

Bank of England’s financial policy committee says banks must ‘seek to raise capital externally’ to bolster their defences The Bank of England has issued an instruction to banks to raise more capital from stock and bond markets in the face … Continue reading

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Which supermarket is best for online shopping?

As Tesco announces a network of online-only stores, we compare the delivery services of the major supermarkets Online grocery shopping is big business, and is expected to get bigger: according to analysts at IGD the market will almost double in … Continue reading

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Flood waters raise fears over home insurance

As householders face the costs of flood-hit homes, a row between the government and the insurance industry raises questions over how much protection they have In a week when hundreds of households have had their homes swamped by water, a … Continue reading

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Bank of England survey shows rise in mortgage lending

Treasury seizes on signs of life in the mortgage market as evidence that its radical funding for lending (FLS) scheme is working The Treasury has seized on signs of life in the mortgage market as evidence that its radical funding … Continue reading

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Relationships at work: where do you draw the line? | Open thread

Office affairs are rife at the BBC, according to Caroline Thomson. Tell us your experiences of love blossoming at work Outgoing BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson had some harsh words for the corporation in a speech she made yesterday … Continue reading

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Insulated homes – how many have been treated in Britain?

Of the 23.4m homes in Britain with a loft, 65% now have loft insulation. How many homes have been treated and how has the government scheme affected the numbers being insulated?• Get the data• More data journalism and data visualisations … Continue reading

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Council tax: the easy way to make mansion-dwellers pay | Simon Jenkins

Adding further bands to this locally raised tax would be fair and effective. But our politicians lack the guts Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat hero, is most odd. He quotes Keynes on boosting demand, yet serves in a government that suppresses it. He … Continue reading

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