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Spending review: Chancellor pledges largest railway plan since Victorian age


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28 Jun 2013

In this week’s spending review, Chancellor George Osborne vowed to return to the golden age of train travel with the ‘largest investment since the Victorian age’.

The government have promised to press ahead with plans for the £42.6 billion High Speed rail line.

Further to this they have also announced a £2million ‘feasibility study’ into Crossrail 2 and £9billion for other upgrades in London, including the Tube....

Brits lose the keys to a fortune


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27 Jun 2013

Brits need to be more careful where they leave their keys, it appears, since research shows that Brits can’t stop losing keyfobs that could open the door to a fortune.

The average bunch of keys provides access to more than £28,000 in goods, according to the recent research. But Brits rarely think about the risk that comes with losing them, since more than half of UK homeowners said they worried more about losing their purse or wallet than their keys....

A beach in the living room, a cow in the swimming pool? Your weirdest holiday home insurance claims revealed.


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26 Jun 2013

Done effectively, renting out a holiday home is an easy way to make a bit of extra money – but if something goes awry then you could be facing a large bill for any damage.  And it seems just about anything can go wrong! 

One insurer has revealed some of the weirder claims made by the public in the last 12 months. They include one property owner in France who was forced to make a claim after a cow wandered into the garden and got stuck in the swimming pool - requiring a winch to be rescued. ...

Police ask for help to crack down on uninsured drivers


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25 Jun 2013

British Police are asking the public for help to tackle disqualified and uninsured drivers by coming forward with any information they have about those driving illegally.

"I am encouraging people to come forward with information on those they know who are driving while disqualified or without insurance," said Inspector David McKenzie, Forth Valley Division Road Policing Unit....

Living standards will recover – Minister insists


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24 Jun 2013

Pensions Minister Steve Webb has predicted that living standards will soon start to recover as earning start to rise faster than prices.

Mr Webb said the squeeze on living standards is nearing an end due to average wages rising at a faster rate than household services and consumer products.

However, his comments came as inflation rose again, heaping yet more pressure on household budgets....