Monthly Archives: October 2012

Letters: We have already worked for our pensions

Apparently, all baby boomers are so well off that Lord Bichard has suggested we should now work for our pension (Report, 25 October). I’m sorry, I thought that by working for 47 years from the age of 16 to 63, … Continue reading

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George Osborne organises poll to show support for child benefit cuts

Chancellor takes unusual step of commissioning a survey which highlights backing for move to slash childcare costs for well off The chancellor, George Osborne, has taken the unusual step of commissioning a poll to show critics in the rightwing media … Continue reading

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Do you want others to read your novel? The answer may be online

If you think you’ve written a bestseller, self-publishing on eBook platforms is a straightforward and cost-effective venture You have 30 days to complete the first draft of your long-awaited literary debut. The plot, the characters, the unexpected twists and turns: … Continue reading

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Moss Bros wedding suit hire left me with honeymoon woes

Two suits didn’t fit, the groom’s was ready three hours after the wedding and the shop tried to charge me an extra £208 I hired six suits for my wedding from Moss Bros. I paid in full, but when I … Continue reading

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Insurance firm igo4 leaves me at a dead end

It is nigh impossible to reach igo4 and I have seen they have got some dreadful online reviews I tried to insure my car with igo4. They debited £280 immediately, but then said they needed proof of my no claims … Continue reading

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NatWest tax levy makes compensation seem less like an apology

I received £9 compensation from incorrectly charged overdraft fees. Why was this subject to tax? I received a letter from NatWest telling me that it had incorrectly charged overdraft fees, and that interest would be refunded. It offered me £9 … Continue reading

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How to maximise returns on children’s savings accounts

The big banks are paying as little as 0.25% on children’s savings. We show you how to maximise interest payments, and which accounts to ignore First the bad news. Children’s savings accounts are, on the whole, dreadful. The big banks … Continue reading

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Tory tax break for married couples will happen, say Conservatives

Tories put record straight after Ken Clarke appears to deny a manifesto party pledge for a marriage tax break Ken Clarke, the minister without portfolio, has backed away from comments suggesting that the Conservatives may not uphold a promise to … Continue reading

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Have child trust fund accounts been worthwhile?

Every baby born after 31 August 2002 received at least £250 until January 2011. How has their money fared? Millions of children who have money in child trust fund accounts have enjoyed mixed fortunes. Someone who played it safe and … Continue reading

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I feel defensive about my second home – but my guilt is largely unnecessary | Ian Jack

The passion for home ownership we have developed must be one of the biggest changes in Britain’s social and economic history Only after my father won the football pools did I begin to take an interest in property. I was 18 or … Continue reading

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