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Debt collectors must not tell your neighbours about your debts

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) says it’s "unacceptable" for debt collectors to leave messages with neighbours of people in financial difficulties.

Life Insurance that pays out if you claim and pays back if you don’t.

A new policy that gives families up to £100,000 cover in the event of death - with a guarantee that if the worst doesn’t happen all premiums paid will be returned.

Home Repossessions up by half

12,800 homes were repossessed in the first three months of 2009 according to new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).


Almost one in four working people in the UK are contemplating a job overseas within the next two years - more than 11 million people and a fifth of those would look to relocate to Australia, according to currency specialist Foreign Currency Direct.

Good news for Small Businesses as big firms promise to pay promptly.

11 new high profile companies have committed to sign-up to the Government's Prompt Payment Code, and pay their suppliers promptly as set out in their contractual agreements. Companies include Barclays, Sony UK and B&Q.

More Mortgages in March!

The number of mortgages handed out by lenders in March 2009 is up – or rather up 29% compared with February 2009 – but still a third fewer compared with March 2008! 

Not much interest!

The average interest rate on instant access accounts - including current accounts - was 0.15% at the end of April.

Green Shoots! What Green Shoots?

The Bank of England says the UK economy won't begin to grow again until the middle of next year, despite its earlier predictions that recovery would start later this year.

2.22 million out of work.

The number of people out of work in the UK rose 244,000 to 2.22 million in the first three months of 2009. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the jobless rate rose from 6.7% to 7.1%

Free Insurance for musical instruments

Hundreds of students going to college or university to pursue their careers in music will qualify for free insurance on their musical instruments next year.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme is to extend lending to businesses and social enterprises

The Government's Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme is to be changed to help improve lending to businesses and social enterprises in disadvantaged areas

Worried about recession? Eat curry!

The recent increase in Brits turning to takeaways could be driven by something more than hunger, according to research carried out by, the online takeaway portal. A study of 1,185 people conducted by the site has found that 92% of Brits say that they feel ‘happier’ after eating a takeaway.

Your listed building may be underinsured.

Listed building owners are being warned to ensure that their homes are adequately protected as the recession continues and people make financial cutbacks.

Government Approves New £5.80 Minimum Wage Rate

The government has announced new National Minimum Wage rates to take effect in October.


Here's why you're having difficulty selling your home! Legal & General’s latest ‘Home Sweet Home’ survey shows that over half, 54%, of those surveyed are not looking to buy a new home.
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