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10 million Brits put off service to save cash


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26 Jul 2013

Up to 10 million drivers are putting off servicing their car to cut costs, a new study shows.

Car repairs are being put off for lengthy periods of time, according to a new survey. Just over an eighth of motorists had driven with their warning lights flashing for more than a week because they could not afford repairs. Another quarter admitted they had driven more than 2,000 miles further than was recommended by their manufacturer before booking in for a service....

Long-term unemployment at highest level since 1996


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24 Jul 2013

The number of people in long-term unemployment is at its highest level since 1996, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The amount of people out of work for over a year has increased by 32,000 year-on-year to 915,000 – the highest rate in 17 years. While the number of people without work for more than two years now stands at more than 460,000 – the highest rate since 1997....

Consumers could see cheaper telephone and broadband prices


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22 Jul 2013

Recent proposals from Ofcom could mean that broadband and telephone customers will be paying less for services in future. 

Currently the majority of providers pay BT’s Openreach network to use its facilities to supply home phone and broadband services, and Ofcom, who regulate what Open Reach charge, are planning to change the way their wholesales prices are calculated.  ...

Don’t overlook Income Protection


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19 Jul 2013

Income Protection may be seen as the less popular cousin of critical illness cover, but it offers much better long-term safety according to experts. 

Not to be confused with the controversial PPI (payment protection insurance), Income Protection pays out a long term tax-free income if you fall ill or have an accident that prevents you from working.

In reality, most people are reluctant to pay out for both critical illness cover and income protection, so the latter should be your priority, as it also covers against redundancy and periods of unemployment....

Owners urged to take extra care of pets during hot weather


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17 Jul 2013

LLYS Nini Animal Centre in Wales is warning owners about the dangers of hot weather to their pets, with owners reminded to take extra care over their pets during the summer months.

Owners should avoid leaving dogs in hot cars during the warm weather, as this can lead to dehydration and in extreme cases fatality.

"If your dog can't actually be with you for the whole time that you are out, perhaps it is better to leave it at home rather than leave it in the car," said a spokesperson....