Money Alert: Card Protection Plan compensation

Keep an eye on your post as you could be in line for a compensation payout. Claims forms are being sent this month to people who paid out for plastic card or identity protection offered by Card Protection Plan. It was normally sold through banks and credit card companies and CPP was fined £10.5m for mis-selling policies to 1.3 million people.

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Heavy weather: Sea debris fills a street in Aberystwyth, west Wales, after ferocious storms earlier this month

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Around 23 per cent of motorists do not accurately disclose their driving record when applying for insurance

Insurance firms granted power to check on drivers’ records before offering a quote

Information held by the DVLA will be made available over the internet to insurers and the motorists themselves

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Winter sports with no cover is skating on thin ice

Skiers and snowboarders are just asking for trouble if they take to the slopes without adequate insurance, says Chiara Cavaglieri

Don’t put your boiler on the back-burner: check that you’re fully covered in the event of your central heating breaking down

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Drive down the cost of your car insurance

Motorists feel they pay too much and now the regulators have caught up. Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight see how you can take control

Simon Read: Car insurance costs should be fair, not driven up by profit-hungry companies

Drivers are being ripped off by £200m each year because of "unnecessary costs" being heaped on them after accidents, the Competition Commission warned this week. Insurance costs have been bumped up – by about £8 a policy – by the use of expensive replacement cars and repairs, which are often not up to scratch, according to the Commission.

Motorists hit by £200m rip-off on insurance

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Medical insurance is nursed back to health

Petty exclusions that used to plague buyers of critical illness policies are being overhauled – and not before time – says Chiara Cavaglieri

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An app and website which aims to monitor an individual's driving performance is the latest move in tackling the problem of excessive insurance premiums for new drivers.

Cutting costs: A typical life and critical illness policy for a 35-year-old non-smoker costs £35 per month

Medical insurance is nursed back to health

Petty exclusions that used to plague buyers of critical illness policies are being overhauled – and not before time – says Chiara Cavaglieri

Tracking app to help safe young drivers save

An app and website which aims to monitor an individual's driving performance is the latest move in tackling the problem of excessive insurance premiums for new drivers.

Money Insider: Good value on offer but PPI ghosts persist

It's no surprise that consumers remain sceptical when buying insurance protection these days, not helped by the fact that the long-running payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal is rarely out of the news.

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