A WEEK IN PERSONAL FINANCE
Sunday 10 December 1995
The cost of insurance fraud fell from pounds 600m in 1994 to pounds 585m this year, according to the Association of British Insurers. The ABI said it was committed to reducing fraud further and would encourage the prosecution of those making fraudulent claims.
Motor insurance premiums could fall further as big insurers such as Direct Line pass on savings from running their own repair garages, predicts actuaries Bacon & Woodrow. Further premium cuts of more than 10 per cent could be possible.
The Banking Ombudsman awarded record damages of almost pounds 1m against banks last year in response to complaints from consumers. The smallest award was pounds 10 and the largest pounds 70,000. But the Ombudsman said complaints to his office were down overall and suggested that banks might be improving both customer service and their own handling of complaints.
The UK's largest insurer, the Prudential, called on the Government to look at simplifying pensions. Measures suggested included extending the proposed "plain english" exercise for tax to pensions.
Employers are concerned about the cost of private medical insurance plans for staff to their organisations, according to a survey by the CBI.
- 1 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
Ex-Scientologist Carmen Llwyelyn blasts 'cult' and her treatment after divorce with Jason Lee
Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
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