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1 in 4 parents pay child car insurance illegally

A quarter of parents with children learning to drive are illegally reducing their car insurance premiums, research by Gocompare has found.

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Costs of raising a child up two-thirds

The cost of raising a child has increased by almost two-thirds since 2003, according to research by LV and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

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First time house buyers highest in 7 years

The number of first time house buyers in 2014 increased to its highest level since the financial crisis, according to a report by Halifax.

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Household financial pressure eases

The number of people concerned about their financial situation has fallen by a sixth over the past 12 months, a survey by MoneySuperMarket has found.

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Many choosing to work beyond retirement age

Almost half of over-65s choose to work beyond the average retirement age, research by Zopa and Consumer Intelligence has found.

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Errors found in a third of credit reports

More than a third of people who have checked their credit report in the last 2 years have found errors, research by uSwitch has found.

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Low interest rates encourage savers to spend

More than two fifths of savers have made unplanned withdrawals in the last 12 months, according to a survey by Prudential.

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New stamp duty regime in force

As outlined in the Chancellor George Osborne's 2014 Autumn Statement, major changes to the way stamp duty land tax is charged on residential property purchases in England and Wales are now in effect.

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Majority of micro businesses are home based

More than 8 out of 10 micro businesses are based in the home, according to research by Lloyds Bank Insurance.

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Switch guarantee popular with consumers

There has been a 22% increase on the number of bank account switches since the Current Account Switch Service was introduced in September 2013, according to figures from the Payments Council.

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