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Budget 2013: Support for childcare and mortgages announced

Measures to help individuals get onto the housing ladder and an acceleration in the tax-free personal allowance increase were among the personal finance highlights in Chancellor George Osborne's 2013 Budget.

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Second wettest year on record costs insurers £1.9 billion

Flooding and storm damage to homes and businesses cost British insurers £1.9 billion in 2012, according to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

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Single-tier state pension shake up

Plans for a 'simple' single-tier state pension unveiled by the Government could leave younger people worse off in the long run, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.

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Ofcom proposes price protection for broadband and phone users

Broadband, landline and mobile consumers could soon be protected from mid-contract price hikes as an independent consultation into how to better protect customers is launched.

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One in five still clearing Christmas 2011 debt

With many Brits nursing their financial hangovers from Christmas 2012, almost one in five is still paying off debt from Christmas 2011, research from comparison service uSwitch has found.

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Child benefit: New tax charge on horizon

High-earning households have less than a month to decide whether to stop receiving child benefit payments or pay a new tax charge by self-assessment.

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Autumn Statement 2012: personal finances

A freeze in fuel duty and a decrease in the annual pension allowance were amongst the announcements affecting personal finances made by Chancellor George Osborne in this year's Autumn Statement.

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Northern Ireland Electricity rejects regulator's price cap proposals

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), the company which owns and operates the country's electricity infrastructure, has rejected proposals for a cap on energy prices for the next five years.

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Government announces parental leave reform

Parents will be able to share up to a year's parental leave under plans announced by the Government that will 'revolutionise' lives at home and work.

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Inflation jumps to 2.7% in October

Inflation in the UK rose sharply to 2.7 per cent in October up from its 24-month low of 2.2 per cent in September, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown.

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