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Wages outstrip inflation again as Income Data Services report 2.5% rise in the first quarter of 2014

The UK’s employers gave their employees an average salary raise of 2.5% in the first quarter 2014, as the squeeze on worker wages from the cost of living begins to ease, the Income Data Services (IDS) has identified.

24 Apr 2014 Read More

Coalition’s welfare cuts creating generation of entrepreneurs, says Bank of England

The series of welfare reforms instigated by the coalition government last year has led to the number of people entering into self-employment soar, helping to create a promising generation of entrepreneurs, the Bank of England has identified.

24 Apr 2014 Read More

Calls for interest rate rise grow as Bank of England upgrades growth forecasts again

The Bank of England has upgraded their growth forecasts for the first quarter of this year again, citing soaring confidence in the manufacturing sector and the continued resurgence in consumer spending as the primary factors behind their decision to do so.

23 Apr 2014 Read More

Government betters borrowing target for 2013/2014, says Office for Budget Responsibility

The Treasury was given a huge boost over its performance in the financial year to April, as the Office for Budget Responsibility revealed that they borrowed £107.7 billion during 2013/2014, substantially lower than the £115.1 billion the year before.

23 Apr 2014 Read More

21 million Brits missing a trick on shopping for better energy bills.

New campaign empowers the nation to start ‘energy shopping’

23 Apr 2014 Read More

How could making mortgage overpayments affect your credit rating?

For many with mortgages, interest rates remaining static lately has been rather helpful. Low interest rates have meant that the mortgage market has been very competitive, and for many on a long-term low tracker rate it’s been quite beneficial.

23 Apr 2014 Read More

Business lending falls by half a billion during three months to February, says Bank of England

The total amount of money lent to businesses across the UK by banks and building societies fell by a substantial £0.5 billion in the three months to February this year, according to research released by the Bank of England on Tuesday.

22 Apr 2014 Read More

New mortgage lending criteria set to be unveiled from April 26th: how will it affect you?

New regulations on the manner in which UK lender’s must assess prospective borrowers mortgage applications are set to be implemented later this week, with market analysts forecasting that it will substantially reduce the number of people who will be able to acquire a secured loan.

22 Apr 2014 Read More

Mortgage lending up to £15.4 billion in March, says Council of Mortgage Lenders

Total mortgage lending continued to raise in March, totalling a monumental £15.4 billion, a leading lending group has identified.

17 Apr 2014 Read More

Car insurance costs almost a third higher for drivers with no fault claims, says AA

Motorists are on average being required to pay almost a third more on their car insurance if they have had a no-fault claim made against them in the past, irrespective of the circumstances the claim was made and whether the driver was guilty of any wrongdoing at all, an AA study has revealed.

17 Apr 2014 Read More

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