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‘Many middle-aged people would run out of cash within months if they stopped working’

It’s supposed to be a period of stability, but many middle aged people fear they would face a financial crisis if they lost their job.

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UK watchdog to investigate advice given by consultants to pension schemes

BRITAIN’S competitions watchdog will look into the advice given by consultants to pension schemes and other institutions managing more than £1.6 trillion of funds, to see if there are conflicts of interest.

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UK petrol prices are set to soar.

Motorists warned to expect rise in unleaded petrol prices as US hurricane whips up demand

British drivers are being warned that the price of unleaded petrol could jump in the coming days as demand in the US – as a result of Hurricane Harvey – has seen wholesale prices soar.

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Falling house prices mean sellers are having to work harder

Selling your house? Tricks to beat the property price slump

As annual house price growth slows to the lowest rate in four years, homeowners need to do everything they can to boost the value of their property and buck the trend.

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The WASPI group from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

‘Cross-party support grows for the WASPI campaign’

CROSS-party support is growing for a campaign to force the Government to offer fair transitional arrangements to women who are suffering hardship because of changes to the state pension age, it has been claimed.

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Are you confident about spotting a scam?

High-risk investment calls on the increase

At Which? HQ, I sit opposite our money helpline – a crack team of financial experts who field thousands of queries about money issues our members are facing.

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The affects of Brexit will hit British tourists in the purse this summer.

Tourists to face fresh Brexit woes as we lose our spending power abroad

BRITISH holidaymakers are faced with deepening financial woes as the pound is in line to reach parity with the euro and obliterate the spending power of UK tourists in some of Europe’s leading destinations.

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Enjoy a more carefree break with extra cashback in your pocket

Holiday tips: how to save a fortune

The debate about term-time holidays has loomed large in the public consciousness lately, with the Supreme Court ultimately enforcing the fines on families for pulling their kids out during the school year.

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FLAT BROKE: How to spread the cost of schooldays

School bill hell: average parent spends £64,000

We look at some of the best ways to save cash before your little cherubs head back to the classroom in September

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What is the average deposit for first-time home buyers?

Survey reveals how much deposit the average first-time buyer in Yorkshire needs

First-time buyers make up nearly half of all house purchases financed by a mortgage – but those taking their first step on the property ladder need to put down a £33,000 deposit on average, a report has found.

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House price growth rebounded in June, pushing the average value over the 210,000 mark for the first time.

House prices growth pushes average value over £210,000, confirms Nationwide

House price growth rebounded in June, pushing the average value over the £210,000 mark for the first time, according to an index.
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The Huddersfield branch of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI)

Thousands of Yorkshire women face financial hardship, says WASPI campaign

THOUSANDS of Yorkshire women are facing financial hardship because the Government has failed to offer fair transitional arrangements for changes to the state pension age, according to a campaigning group.

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Phones blamed as trigger-appy shoppers go on ‘open all hours’ sprees from bed

Phones blamed as trigger-appy shoppers go on ‘open all hours’ sprees from bed

Nearly a third of Britons say apps are making their finances worse, either by encouraging them to spend more or making them lose track of their outgoings.

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The UK has seen a rise in household wealth since the financial crash

Growing numbers of wealthy entrepreneurs are heading to Yorkshire, says study

YORKSHIRE’S most affluent households have seen their wealth rise by more than 40 per cent since the financial crash of 2008, according to a new study.

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Sandbanks in Poole.

Northern coastal towns lag behind on house prices as southern hot-spots dominate value list

They’re an enticing prospect for a house-buyer wanting an escape from urban life, with uplifting views and fresh sea air coming as standard.

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Friendly societies can be specific to an occupation; such as railways

The friendly way to invest and without the worry of paying tax

Amazingly few investors and even financial advisers appear to be aware of the savings plans which friendly societies can offer. One of their crucial features is that they are tax-exempt, making such schemes an ideal first investment for both an adult and child.

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Can you afford the payments on the new car you just bought?

Have you borrowed to finance a car recently? If you have, you’re part of a growing trend. In fact, the amount of money borrowed to buy brand new cars has trebled in the last eight years to more than £30 billion. But this increase, particularly amongst people who already have stretched finances, has some people worried.

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Number of loans is a sign of resilience, says Hitachi Capital

CONSUMER confidence remained resilient over the last financial year, despite uncertainties caused by Brexit, according to bosses at Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance.

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What does persistent credit card debt look like and do you have it?

ARE YOU in persistent credit card debt? Are you able to get ahead of your payments and pay more than you need, or are you stuck paying the minimum amount each month?

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