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Crash for cash accidents soar to record levels as crooks target ‘White van man’

Crash-for-cash motor accidents are reaching record levels. Insurer Aviva trawled through its claims data to discover that fraudulent ‘slam-ons’ – accidents deliberately caused in order to claim for whiplash compensation – increased by 51 per cent in 2013.

Passport, sun cream, swimsuit...insurance: With more of us chasing the sun, the risk of suffering a holiday upset is far higher

If the experts are right, more of us are likely to go abroad on holiday this year – encouraged by a possible upturn in the economy and hoping to find some good weather overseas. But the 25 million of us that are likely to leave these shores this summer, according to estimates from the travel association Abta, will find a world that is changing fast.

Customers left hanging as insurers play catch-up

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Damning report calls for home insurance policies to be clearer and more affordable

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Meet Jay Jay, the dog barking mad at her bank

NatWest’s decision to scrap its pet insurance has hurt customers who feel loyal to the firm.

Campaign highlights cost of being unable to work

A publicity stunt will leave seven families better off by paying them an income for a year

Five questions on: Equitable life payout

Ah, has the troubled mutual insurer finally agreed compensation for its fed-up policyholders?

Five questions on: Misleading insurers

Aren't all insurers misleading?

Simon Read: Add-on insurance selling is unnecessary and should stop

As predicted in last week's column, the City watchdog this week announced a shake-up of the murky world of insurance add-ons, a business worth £1bn.

Point of sale is not the time to flog insurance

The City watchdog yesterday announced a shake-up of the murky world of insurance add-ons, a business that’s worth £1bn. I hope that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will ban the sale of the expensive cover that is flogged when you’re buying other items.

Simon Read: Insurance policies do not belong at the shop checkout

Next week the City watchdog will publish the outcome of its investigation into the murky world of insurance add-ons. I hope that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will ban the sale of the expensive cover that is flogged when you're buying other items.

Five questions on: Insurance renewals

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