NATIONWIDE BUILDING Society is launching lower-cost mortgage protection cover, including free help with job-hunting for those who become unemployed. The policy costs pounds 3.31 per pounds 100 of cover for accident and sickness only, covering 24 months' with a 60-day waiting period. Cheaper options, plus cover for unemployment only, are available. Details from branches.

WEST BROMWICH Building Society is cutting 0.5 per cent off its standard variable rate of 6.7 per cent for borrowers of five years' standing or more. It is also launching a Privileged Membership Investment Account, paying 5.75 per cent gross to members of more than two years standing. Call 0121 607 2442 for details.