Author - Mike Birkett


Father of two and grandfather of two, I have been writing in one form or another since leaving West Park Grammar School waaaay back in the 1960s. Swapping my journalist's quill for a PR man's laptop, I worked for Littlewoods Pools for many years before the National Lottery decimated the pools industry overnight. The latest phase of my career has seen me move into yet another writing genre - web authorship - and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

PPI NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 2019

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Are you owed a share of £77 billion?

Could you be owed a share of billions of pounds of ‘lost’ money which is lying around just waiting to be claimed?

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New Year resolutions still going strong?

We do it every year between Christmas and New Year when we start to consider what the next 12 months will be like and what we can do to make life better for ourselves.

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FCA to ban “Rip-off” overdraft fees

Britain’s financial regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – has announced proposals to ban ‘rip-off’ fees for unarranged overdrafts in a crackdown on the way banks levy their charges.

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2019 Financial dates for your diary

A lot is due to happen in 2019 – not least the PPI claims deadline on August 29th – covering everything from how much tax you’re charged, what you’re paid in benefits and how to switch mobile phone providers.

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Santander fined £32.8 million over ‘flawed’ bereavement services

Britain’s financial regulator has fined Santander £32.8 million for failings in its ‘flawed’ probate and bereavement services.

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Cold call loophole finally closed with £½ million fines

Directors of firms who cold call consumers now face fines of up to £½ million under new rules from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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PPI NEWS UPDATE – DECEMBER 2018

PPI compensation breaks the £33 billion barrier

The total amount of compensation paid for the mis-selling of PPI by Britain’s financial industry has broken the £33 billion barrier.

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Britain’s banks pass ‘disorderly Brexit’ test

Seven of Britain’s high street banks and building societies have passed the latest Bank Of England stress test and proved they have the resources to survive a ‘disorderly Brexit’ scenario should it happen.

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CHARITY OF THE MONTH – Christmas Toy Appeal

Once again the generosity of staff from Gladstone Brookes will mean that under-privileged children throughout the greater Warrington area and into the rest of Cheshire will be waking up to a present from Santa GB on Christmas morning with more than £1,000 worth of toys and Christmas gifts

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