News archive from 15 December 2012, page 104

'We came back from an Indian idyll to burst pipe chaos - but our insurers were truly brilliant': How to...

The blast of Arctic air last week that sent temperatures plunging as low as minus ten degrees highlights the danger to householders from frozen and burst pipes. While this week should be a little warmer, insurers are still worried about any cold snap...

 

'I was left with nothing after my divorce': Why even happy couples should keep assets in their own names

Divorce is leaving hundreds of thousands of women facing an uncertain financial future, because they do not get the right advice when a marriage ends. One in three are unable to make any further savings after a split while two in five have no clear...

 

'After being made redundant twice in three years, I now sell food favourites to British expatriates': What...

A stagnant jobs market, redundancy, and a hunger to take control of their future are prompting more people to work for themselves. A near-record 4.2million are now self-employed, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics -...

 

'Income from my drawdown plan has dropped by £100 a week': When will pensioners benefit from U-turn?

Pensioners who have been told the limit on the income they can take from their private pension will soon be lifted remain in the dark over when changes will be made. Last week, George Osborne announced a welcome U-turn on income caps imposed in April...

 
How to get a £95 seat for Spice Girls' musical for less than half price

How to get a £95 seat for Spice Girls' musical for less than half price

Viva Forever!, the musical written by Jennifer Saunders with Spice Girls songs, may have received mixed reviews at its premiere last week, but that hasn't stopped the Piccadilly Theatre charging anything up to £95 for seats. However, theatregoers who...

 

One snowfall may herald treble-dip recession for UK, analysts warn

Britain is "just one light snowfall' away from a historic treble-dip recession, analysts have warned. So fragile is the recovery that it would take very little - possibly just a spell of poor weather - to push the economy back into a slump, say...

 
MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Ambitious refinery engineer Kentz Corporation bids for £8bn in contracts

MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Ambitious refinery engineer Kentz Corporation bids for £8bn in contracts

Engineering and construction group Kentz Corporation is firing on all cylinders and last month said it would grow by at least 10 per cent in 2013. Yet the company's shares have fallen 20 per cent to 3933⁄4p this year, tarnished by...

 

TONY HETHERINGTON: Widow's savings stolen by Ukash voucher crooks

Mrs J.C.writes: Business Alliance Limited was tracing money for me that I paid to companies that were supposed to help sell my unwanted timeshare. Once found, it would be refunded, with compensation. The money was traced to Morocco, and I was told...

 

'We paid £180,000 for our house and now it is priced at £115,000': The two million who can't sell or move on

They cannot sell. They cannot move. Nor can they switch to a cheaper mortgage, or protect themselves against future interest rate rises. This is the plight of an estimated two million households - and, as Financial Mail reveals, their situation is set...

 

Britain's biggest TV and net firms used Luxembourg loophole to avoid £80million in tax

Britain's biggest broadband and cable companies avoided almost £80 million in tax by sending customer payments through Luxembourg.Virgin Media, Sky and Talk Talk set up companies in Luxembourg to supply British customers and benefit from VAT...

 


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