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Are you a mortgage prisoner?

Strict affordability checks being imposed by mortgage lenders are creating millions of ‘mortgage prisoners’ who can’t move home because they wouldn’t qualify for a new loan. Research by the Resolution Foundation suggests that up to four million people could be affected in one way or another – 40% of the mortgage holders in the UK.

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Police warn of fake PPI payment scam

Police warn of fake PPI payment scam

Police are warning the public of a new surge in fake PPI payment scams across the country. Lancashire police say they have had a number of complaints from people who have fallen victim to the scam which asks them to make an up-front payment before a compensation cheque can be released.

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Total Sport holiday sport camp

With the children of St Gregory’s High School on Easter holiday, Warrington Wolves Foundation staff and Gladstone Brookes volunteers had the chance to take on a new project – a Total Sport holiday sports camp which ran throughout the Easter break. Total Sport Co-ordinator, Craig Thomason, is responsible for running the project, which receives funding […]

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New rules will force banks to protect whistleblowers

New rules proposed by the UK financial regulator will force banks to protect any member of staff who turns whistleblower and reports the bank’s conduct to the authorities. In a joint consultation with the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) says internal arrangements should be put in place for protection and staff […]

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Pension pots fund mortgages for 105 year olds

Savers taking money out of their newly released pensions to buy property are being offered mortgages which could run until they are 105 years old. Under new rules, the over 55s have been given access to their pension funds to withdraw and use as they wish and now one mortgage lender is offering them the […]

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SUCCESS STORY – Great service and really straightforward

Like many people, Jennifer Clark suspected she might have PPI attached to a loan, but hadn’t done anything about it. Jennifer, who runs a poultry industry services business with husband Robin, said: “We thought we may have been mis-sold PPI on a loan we got from Barclays, but we didn’t do anything about trying to […]

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SUCCESS STORY – Gladstone Brookes helped me get justice from the banks

When security officer Simon Robinson first made inquiries with the banks about possible PPI he didn’t get very far. “Basically I wrote to them asking about PPI and they more or less told me to get lost,” he said.

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Cameron promises discount Lloyds shares for ‘ordinary’ investors

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised thousands of ‘ordinary’ investors will get the chance to buy £4 billion worth of shares in the latest sell off of Lloyds shares if the Conservatives win the general election on May 7th. Institutional investors will be able to snap up another £5 billion of the government’s remaining stake […]

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SUCCESS STORY – I’m so grateful for all the help I was given

When Elizabeth Curtis applied for her Lloyds loan she doesn’t recall PPI being mentioned at all, because, if it had been, she would have refused it. “I was already retired so I wouldn’t be coming out of work, would I?  I was also covered by life insurance so if anything were to happen to me […]

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MPs demand police inquiry into Clydesdale scandal

Two influential MPs are calling for a police inquiry into the Clydesdale PPI scandal which saw the bank fined a record £20.7 million by the UK regulator. The bank, based in Edinburgh, and its sister company the Yorkshire Bank, has admitted tampering with evidence, falsifying documents and mis-leading the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) over rejected […]

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