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  1. Astronaut Tim Peake launches competition to name ExoMars Rover READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/astronaut-tim-peake-launches-competition-to-name-exomars-rover
  2. MOD launches biggest ever mental health awareness week with new confidential support for personnel on operations READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mod-launches-biggest-ever-mental-health-awareness-week-with-new-confidential-support-for-personnel-on-operations
  3. Home Secretary launches Windrush compensation scheme call for evidence READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/home-secretary-launches-windrush-compensation-scheme-call-for-evidence
  4. I guess there is always the telephone book? I have Yellow Pages and a local directory delivered every year. For the full story :- http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/great-118-rip-could-end-10410058
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/how-to-update-your-kindle-amazon-launches-critical-software-update_uk_56e12d29e4b096ed3adba4ed This article was sent to me earlier today, I can find no other information - Amazon hasnt made contact with me nor do I see anything on their website ?
  6. In line with the government’s commitment to free data, Companies House is pleased to announce that all public digital data held on the UK register of companies is now accessible free of charge, on its new public beta search service. This provides access to over 170 million digital records on companies and directors including financial accounts, company filings and details on directors and secretaries throughout the life of the company. Free access to the data is available both through a web service and an application program interface (API), enabling both consumers and tech
  7. A new ombudsman scheme has launched on Jan 2nd that aims to settle unresolved disputes between shoppers and retailers. The Retail Ombudsman (TRO) is believed to be the first alternative dispute resolution scheme in the retail sector and claims it already has 3,000 retailers signed up as members, although, so far, they have only published a partial list. It's not a government run scheme, but owned by a private limited company whose sole director is Dean Dunham, a barrister with Debello Law and consumer columnist with the Sunday Mirror. http://www.theretailombudsman.org.uk/
  8. Leeds Building Society has introduced a two-year fixed rate mortgage for new-builds at a rate of 2.50 per cent, available through the Help to Buy equity loan scheme. As it is part of the Help to Buy scheme, customers can borrow up to 95 per cent of their share in the property. Available from 17 April, the product carries a fee of £199 and offers borrowers a free standard valuation up to £335. Leeds general manager for business development Martin Richardson says: “We expect this product to be very popular. In addition to the low rate, the benefits of a low fee and free valuation reduce up
  9. Chelsea Building Society is launching the market’s lowest ever three-year fixed rate of 1.99 per cent up to 60 per cent LTV. This latest product marks a record low for three-year rates and demonstrates just how much direct-only rates have fallen in recent months, considering this was a record-low two-year fix as recently as October. Chelsea Building Society product manager Brendan Gilligan says: “Borrowers choose fixed rate mortgages to give them peace of mind and make it easier to budget for their monthly outgoings. The Chelsea has made a strong start to mortgage lending so far this year and
  10. Barclays has launched a property price comparison app which it aims to develop into a lead generation tool for brokers The Barclays Homeowner App currently allows smart phone users to search for property listings and call estate agents and brokers directly. Barclays says it also intends to develop the app over time into a functioning lead generation option for mortgage advisers. More: http://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/latest-news/barclays-launches-homeowner-app/1068578.article
  11. First direct has launched the market’s cheapest five-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.64 per cent. The deal has a £1,399 fee and is available up to 65 per cent loan-to-value. It is available as either a repayment or offset loan. The lender also today launches a 2.49 per cent three-year fixed rate, also available up to 65 per cent LTV, with a £1,499 fee. It has also launched a 2.38 per cent tracker mortgage with a £1,699 fee. First direct head of retail products Andy Forbes says: “Over the last month we have seen competition increase in the mortgage market. In particular our five year fixed
  12. Chelsea Building Society is launching a market leading two-year fixed rate of 1.74 per cent up to 60 per cent LTV. The direct-only deal is available from today with a £1,695 fee. An offset option is available at 1.94 per cent. Chelsea Building Society product manager Sunjeev Sahota says: “We’re committed to providing the most competitive mortgages and are pleased to be able to offer another market-leading short term fixed rate. “The Chelsea has made a strong start to mortgage lending in 2013 and now we’ve reduced what was already an excellent best buy product by a further 0.15 per cent, w
  13. Abbey for Intermediaries is launching another seven day special where it will offer a two and a half-year fixed rate at 1.99 per cent. It is available from Friday, up to 60 per cent LTV for a £1,495 fee and is on offer to both homebuyers and remortgagers until the close of business on 14 March. The maximum loan size is £1m and is available exclusively through the lender’s key accounts. Abbey managing director Miguel Sard says: “Our latest seven day special has a market leading rate of 1.99 per cent and also comes with the added benefits of our homebuyer or remortgage solution. Available t
  14. Yorkshire Building Society is today launching the lowest ever five-year fixed rate at 2.64 per cent and cutting rates by up to 0.1 per cent. An offset option is available for the five-year fix at 2.84 per cent and the product, which is available up to 60 per cent LTV, has a £1,495 fee. The product is available direct-only. Moneyfacts notes this product represents the lowest five-year fixed rate on record, overtaking the Post Office’s 2.74 per cent rate as the market leader. Link: http://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/latest-news/yorkshire-building-society-launches-markets-lowest-ever-five-yea
  15. The Office of Fair Trading is to launch an investigation into whether employees are being unfairly hit with high charges on workplace pension schemes. The regulator wants to ensure savers in workplace pension schemes are getting the best value for money, given the avalanche of money it expects to rush into these scheme over the next few years. The decision follows a campaign by the Telegraph to expose the high level of fees charged by the financial services industry on funds. With the introduction of auto-enrolment, there will be an increase in the value of annual pension contributions o
  16. Controversial payday lender Wonga is trialling longer loans with online retailer the Cotswold Company. Controversial payday loans firm Wonga is taking on the credit card industry with a product that allows shoppers to pay for goods with a three-month loan. The firm claims that its PayLater service "is a credible and innovative alternative to credit cards enabling people to spread the cost of online shopping but in a short-term and controlled way". Instead of paying with a debit or credit card for online purchases, shoppers can use PayLater and spread their purchase over three months for a
  17. Google has launched a new tool for mortgage borrowers that promises to compare every deal on the market. The price comparison tool, which will appear at the top of search results whenever someone searches for a mortgage-related term, was launched at lunchtime today. It will search loans that are available only through mortgage brokers, as well as loans offered directly by banks and other lenders. In all it will compare about 5,000 different mortgage deals, Google said. Users will be able to look at best-buy tables for a variety of mortgage types or get a more personalised list of offers
  18. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched formal investigations into several payday lenders for “aggressive” debt collection practices, after finding 686 consumer complaints across the sector. In a progress report published as part of the OFT’s compliance review of the payday lending sector, it confirmed that it will be writing to 240 short-term lenders from today (20 November) to highlight its concerns about poor practices in the sector. The findings were partly based on 686 complaints made directly by consumers and through intermediaries, half of which were related to issues around debt
  19. Newlife has launched a mortgage product for borrowers over 65. The product has a variable rate of the lender’s SVR – 5.24 per cent – plus 0.5 per cent and it comes with free standard legals for remortgage customers. The maximum loan size is £350,000 and the loan-to-value is capped at 50 per cent. There must be £150,000 of equity remaining in the property at completion. It is available on a capital and interest or interest-only basis. There is a £299 application fee and a £1,995 lender fee. In addition to the 65+Mortgage, Newlife offers lifetime mortgages and home reversion plans. Newlife
  20. Financial comparison website Moneyfacts.co.uk has partnered with Just Retirements Solutions to launch an equity release advice service. The providers panel is made up of Aviva, Bridgewater, Just Retirement Limited and Stonehaven. Just Retirement Solutions Group External Affairs and Customer Insight Director Stephen Lowe says: “As the ‘baby boom’ generation move into retirement, many will need to find ways to supplement their pension income or pass on money. More and more people will be looking at how best to use the wealth tied up in their homes. “We are delighted to partner with Mon
  21. Metro Bank is launching a pilot programme to offer mortgages via brokers for borrowers in London and the South East. The initial pilot is being run in conjunction with John Charcol using a quota system to maintain service standards. But the bank says it is in active discussions with a small number of other brokers with plans to extend availability over the next few months. Its product range via brokers is the same as it currently offers direct - for properties under £1m products range from a two-year 60% LTV tracker product at 3.09% to a two-year 70%-80% LTV fixed rate at 3.65, all with a
  22. Comes after the OFT referred Ryanair to the CC over its current stakeholdings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18511024
  23. announced on Credit Today http://www.credittoday.co.uk/article/12198/online-news/oft-investigating-payday-loan-market
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