A string of retailers including Ikea, Morrisons, Next and Ocado have introduced policies which limit sick pay for unjabbed employees who have to self-isolate. In a blog post, John Lewis group operations director Andrew Murphy told staff - whom it calls partners - across its department stores and Waitrose grocers: 'We just don't believe it's right to create a link between a partner's vaccination status and the pay they receive.'
After watchdog 'bans' unfair premiums, LV customer gets £450 renewal quote, shops around - and finds SAME policy for just £310: Is this proof insurers are STILL charging loyal customers more?
When Richard Ansell (pictured) received notification two weeks ago of his new car insurance premium for the year ahead, he was shocked - a 15 per cent increase despite a nine-year no-claims record. Although he had set up his long-standing policy with LV General Insurance to renew automatically - and the insurer categorically told him the price he was getting was the same as a new customer would pay as required by new City regulations - 72-year-old Richard had a sixth sense.
MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Ex-coal firm Hargreaves Services dusts itself down with boss Gordon Banham reinventing the business - and turns in a 5% yield
Prospects are bright and the stock should rise. Hargreaves now has three divisions - land regeneration, trading and recycling, and industrial services. All three are performing well and growth is expected to accelerate over the next five to ten years. Reassuringly too, Christopher Mills, a veteran investor with a history of picking winners, owns 28.5 per cent of the shares, while Banham owns a further 8.2 per cent, so is clearly incentivised to deliver returns. At £4.00, the shares are a buy.
Platinum Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth being celebrated next month with commemorative coins - but investors should treat them with caution
On February 6, the Queen marks 70 years as Monarch following the death of her father King George VI. She was officially crowned the following year on June 2. Already, special coins are being promoted by Royal Mint to mark the historic occasion. Next month, a new set of 50-pence pieces will be put into circulation while Royal anniversary gold sovereigns will also be released in limited numbers.
Misleading cryptocurrency adverts finally face crackdown after Financial Conduct Authority reveals plans to take over their regulation
We have been warning for months of the dangers of some of the adverts, which can lead investors to take on more risk than they realise. The number of UK consumers holding cryptocurrencies rose last year to 2.3million, outpacing understanding of how these assets work. Adverts for cryptocurrencies will be treated in the same way as other financial promotions, the watchdog now says. This will remedy the contradiction whereby adverts for regulated financial products faced tighter rules than high-risk, unregulated cryptocurrencies. The FCA also revealed it is looking into replacing the banal 'your capital is at risk' warning on adverts with wording that is more effective.
Steven Bartlett is the latest star of Dragons' Den - and we recently caught up with him for a special bonus This is Money podcast episode. In this frank interview with This is Money's Simon Lambert, Steven tells us his story, the challenges he's faced in his business life, how he got ahead and his tips for anyone else wanting to start a business.
Bentley's off to a 'flyer': Luxury car maker is banking on an eco-friendly future - by launching a host of new models and is seeing hybrid sales soar
Bentley's Flying Spur Hybrid is a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid that marks an important early step in the car-maker's drive towards electrification.- and a fully electric line-up within the decade. Costing around £170,000, the Flying Spur Hybrid is powered by a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an advanced electric motor to deliver a total of 544 horsepower.
Want to shelter as much of your money from inheritance tax as possible? Don't wait until your 70s, experts warn
People in their 70s or 80s have often put off thinking about it or were reluctant to give money away to their children when they were younger, but by then there is not much time left, explains Osbornes Law. Gifts are subject to the well-known rule that you have to survive seven years before they become tax free, and if you are wealthy enough to set up a trust you can pass on far more by doing this in your 50s or 60s.
What can Britain do to ease the pain of energy bills rocketing 50% in April? From a VAT cut, to paying suppliers SIMON LAMBERT looks at the options
If you're anything like me, energy bills will feel like a painful monthly expense and one that you really aren't looking forward to rising by £54. Nonetheless, like me, many This is Money readers will be able to grudgingly stomach the hike and feel it as just another part of the current cost of living squeeze. Others, however, will be among the millions of people for whom this is going to be a real problem and may have to choose between heating and eating.
Fashion entrepreneur Kevin Stanford accused of lying about what he claims is his majority stake in high street brand All Saints, details of court case reveal
Court documents show Stanford contacted private equity fund Lion Capital in August 2021 in a letter, claiming 'rightful ownership' of 62 per cent of the shares. Stanford, who co-founded Karen Millen and was All Saints chairman until a decade ago, bought All Saints in 2005. He was declared bankrupt by HM Revenue & Customs in February 2019. Lion Capital, which brought All Saints for £105million in 2011, has rejected his claim.
Now Yorkshire Building Society launches a lottery-style savings account with 10 monthly £1,500 prizes and a 1% rate: Here's how it compares
Yorkshire Building Society has launched a new regular savings account offering savers the chance to win one of ten £1,500 cash prizes each month. Regular saver accounts enable savers to save a fixed amount every month, albeit typically with a minimum or maximum limit on how much can be deposited each time. The Make Me a Saver account pays 1% interest and allows customers to deposit up to £150 per month whilst allowing instant access to their savings without penalty.
Even as bills soar, energy firms are sending in debt collectors... but those facing demands - including a 93-year-old widow - often don't owe a penny
Power firms are unleashing heavy-handed debt collectors over bills that have often been issued in error. Customers of one firm have had unexpected demands after the supplier sold debts to a third party. The debt-purchasing company is represented by a law firm which two watchdogs have received complaints about.
Will you be next for the 'Mum and Dad scam'? WhatsApp crooks target parents with messages pretending to be their children pleading for cash
Santander reported a 532% surge in 'mum and dad' or 'friend in need' scams - where fraudsters impersonate their victims' loved ones - between August and November last year. Ex-headmistress Elizabeth Baker (pictured, left, with partner Hugh) - came close to losing more than £500 after a scammer pretended to be her daughter. Meanwhile a conman tricked the father of Cally Beaton (pictured, right) out of £1,800.
Is a 'nudge' enough? Trial automatic appointments with Pension Wise for those looking to access pots from age 55, MPs tell the Government
Too many people are confused by pensions and at risk of scams, and need more help in the run-up to retirement, according to MPs. They call on the Government to 'end their timidity' and trial automatic appointments with free guidance service Pension Wise, claiming current plans to 'nudge' people into it will not be enough. MPs also suggest investigating the 'decoupling' of the 25% tax-free lump sum from the rest of a pension pot - potentially allowing people take that cash and leave the other 75% in their work schemes for longer.
What should I do about the gaps in my state pension record that the official website says it is still 'checking'? Steve Webb replies
I've been on the Government gateway site for a few years now, to check my state pension. I have a few years that say 'you didn't pay enough National Insurance this year, we are checking to see if this year will qualify' but this message never changes. Why? And will they check? Our agony uncle Steve Webb explains when it might be worth filling gaps in your National Insurance record.
Property market off to record start in 2022: Potential sellers ask for 44% more valuations than last year and typical asking price reaches £340,000
Rightmove recorded a surge in sellers looking to come to market at the start of the new year, which could mean more supply and less frenzied competition for buyers. Data from the property website showed January kicked off with a 44 per cent jump in valuation requests from the same time last year. It also showed a 15 per cent increase from last year in the number of buyers inquiring about homes. Prices have soared throughout the pandemic and the continuing shortage of available properties has pushed prices even higher. Estate agents on average have only 12 homes to sell, a record low, according to Rightmove.
Mondeo man moves to the Far East: Ford unveils its new Mondeo but it will only be sold in CHINA as long-running family favourite is axed from the UK
Ford has taken the covers off the new Mondeo at its China Design Centre in Shanghai on Monday. Mondeo has been sold in China since 2002, almost a decade after it hit UK showrooms and five years after it was famously used as a campaign tool by Tony Blair and New Labour to secure swing voters in its landslide victory to take power in 1997. Bosses describe the next-generation car as a 'sporty coupe-style sedan brimming with technology and showcasing Ford's bold new design language for China'. The new model comes as the manufacturer prepares to kill-off the long-running saloon from UK and European showrooms from March.
How to get your finances sorted at 40: What you need to think about to reach your goals around that age (and a look back at Britain in 1982) on the This is Money podcast
Turning 40 is a milestone birthday - and perhaps the one that gets people thinking most about where they are at in life. But what do you need to think about in terms of your finances, from pensions, to property, investing and saving? This special birthday podcast looks at people's financial life around 40 - and includes plenty of tips relevant to those who are much younger or older. Plus we look back at what economic life was like 40 years ago.
Choosing the right DIY platform is crucial but a wealth of choice and a variety of charges can leave investors scratching their heads. We pick some of the best. We pick some of the best. We also highlight why investing in an Isa makes sense, as it should protect your hopefully growing investments from tax forever.
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