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BIRMINGHAM Midshires is launching a special offer of its mortgage protection insurance, at pounds 12.93 a month to cover up to pounds 300 of monthly home-loan payments. The policy covers accident, sickness or unemployment and drops a range of previous exclusions, including stress-related disorders, backache and pregnancy complications. Call 0800 223422.

BRISTOL & WEST is launching a Balanced Guaranteed Equity Bond Cash ISA, offering up to 55 per cent over six years. The money is invested in three stockmarket indexes, with protected capital. Savers in this ISA can also invest in a separate non-ISA Balanced Bond, paying 8 per cent gross for six months, or 7.5 per cent for a year. Call 0800 202121.