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Questions Of Cash: 'I was told to foot unpaid bill of shared house'

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Deborah Ross: Your questions for bankers answered

If you ask me: Should the bank call me, can I ask them to input 1 and then 2 and then their account number and then 5 and then their sort code?

Matt Prior: A World Cup win would mean as much as the Ashes

I still feel I could do a good job at the top of the order. But I reckon that, in the subcontinent, batting in the middle order suits my game

Simon Read: Fining a bank is hopeless whenit's less than their bonuses

The City Watchdog this week fined Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest £2.8m for cock-ups in their complaints handling. Fining banks millions of pounds when they mess up sounds like a great idea, but I wonder if it actually has any affect on improving the situation.

'Britain's most helpful bank' is fined £2.8m over complaints

The state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland was yesterday hit with a £2.8m fine for "multiple failings" in its customer complaints handling.

RBS fined £2.8m over complaints handling

Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £2.8 million for "multiple failings" in the way it handled customers' complaints, the City watchdog said today.

Matt Prior: I've still got the ball. The lads can argue as much as they want, but I took the catch

To have played a part in a win like this is something to treasure. It's hard to describe

Ashes Diary: The wait is over but there's plenty of talking to come

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