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The 31-year-old admitted two counts of mortgage fraud

House prices dive to a two-year low

House prices fell at their fastest annual rate for 18 months during April as weak consumer confidence caused potential buyers to stay away from the property market, figures showed today.

Halifax wait for Noble's answer on consultancy role

Halifax hope to have an answer about their job offer to Brian Noble before tomorrow's Challenge Cup tie against Bradford. The former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain coach has been in talks with the club about a consultancy role until the end of the season.

Calland's job safe at Halifax despite Noble's arrival

Halifax are adamant that Matt Calland's job is safe, even if they bring in Brian Noble to work alongside him. The club are understood to be close to announcing the arrival of the former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain coach in a consultant capacity, even though they dismissed rumours yesterday as "sheer speculation".

Lloyds may pay out £3 billion over PPI claims

Lloyds Banking Group admitted it was facing a bill of more than £3 billion today after conceding defeat in its legal battle over the mis-selling of controversial payment protection insurance (PPI).

Questions Of Cash: 'Barclays and Santander don't want my money!'

Q. I took out an ISA with Nationwide a few years ago. On its annual maturity, I have always reinvested it with Nationwide as it has generally offered a competitive rate. It is currently a fixed-rate ISA of £3,833, which was opened on 7 March 2011. I've not paid into any other ISA in that tax year. I had another £2,000 to invest in March and saw Barclays offering a 3.25 per cent ISA. When I went into the Newton Abbot Barclays branch I was told I couldn't open this ISA as I've already invested for this tax year. I said I thought the Nationwide one didn't count as it was reinvested money. She checked with a colleague and came back still saying no. I walked to nearby Nationwide and its staff said I could invest it. I went next door to Santander and saw it was offering a similar ISA to Barclay's. But the staff there also said I couldn't open a new ISA. So I withdrew the £2,000 and opened a new ISA with Nationwide. It seems some companies just don't want my money! SM, Newton Abbot.

Houses become more affordable for key workers

Despite the recession and spending cuts, public-sector workers such as nurses, police, firefighters and teachers should find it far easier to afford a home now than before the credit crunch, according to Halifax research.

Where there's a will there's room for strife

Children left out of legacies are now more likely to challenge them. Setting up a trust can ease misunderstanding.

Questions Of Cash: 'Delayed' loan had been declined

Q. At the end of January I applied for a £12,000 loan from Santander and on 7 February received confirmation that this was successful. I returned the signed contract and on 11 February I received confirmation that the £12,000 had been paid into my current account. Ten days later the money was still not available. I telephoned Santander and was told there was a problem with the computer server and the transfer had been delayed. I was promised that the money would be transferred within five to seven days. At the end seven days I phoned again and was told the transfer was imminent and would be available for withdrawal in one or two days. I was therefore shocked to receive a letter dated 1 March informing me that my loan had been declined. AB, Dorset.

Don't let exchange fees spoil your holiday

Overseas cash withdrawals can be expensive, but there are ways to avoid being stung by excessive charges. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

House prices lower for the fourth quarter in a row

House prices fell for the first three months of 2011, making it four successive quarters of declines, with experts predicting worse to come.

House prices edge slightly higher during March

House prices edged 0.1% higher during March, helping improve the quarterly rate of decline in Britain's faltering property market, figures showed today.

ISA: Be prepared to swap to get the best deals

Rob Griffin explains how savvy savers can take advantage of the best offers without losing the tax-free status of their current nest egg

Switch your ISA before the bonus runs out

That attractive introductory offer could be about to expire, leaving you with a disappointingly low rate of interest. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Lloyds to cut another 570 jobs

Lloyds is to axe 570 jobs and outsource more than 560 posts under further organisational changes, the banking giant announced today.

ISA interest rates on the up as banks vie for your savings

Julian Knight looks at the best offers available as the deadline looms
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