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180,000 'lied over motor insurance'

Some 180,675 attempts to make fraudulent applications for motor insurance were detected last year, Association of British Insurers data shows

Nearly 3,500 cases of motorists lying on their applications for insurance or deliberately leaving relevant information off them are being uncovered by insurers each week, new figures reveal.

Passport delays compensation urged

MPs said passport applicants who were forced to pay extra for a fast-track service in the face of severe delays should be compensated

Passport applicants who were forced to pay extra for a fast-track service in the face of severe delays should be compensated, an influential group of MPs has said.

Young adults admit to money regrets

Nearly three-quarters of twentysomethings said that they had made a financial decision early on in their adult life which they now regret

Nearly three-quarters of young adults aged in their 20s admit to making money mistakes in their first few years of financial independence, according to research for a Government-backed body.

Price wars keep inflation low

An ongoing supermarket price war is expected to help keep inflation figures low

Inflation slowed to 1.5% last month as consumers benefited from lower petrol prices and the ongoing supermarket price war.

Yes vote house prices fall tipped

The impact of a vote for independence could see the average property sell for 31,000 pounds less than current prices, a property website has claimed

A Yes vote could see a sharp fall in the average house price in Scotland in the short-term, property pricing website Zoopla has suggested.

Strong housing market due in autumn

Asking prices jumped by 0.9% month-on-month in September to reach an average of £264,875, figures show

The housing market has picked up earlier than usual after the summer break in signs that strong activity is set to return this autumn, a property website has reported.

Call to restrict payday loan ads

Youngsters find payday loan firms' adverts to be fun, tempting or exciting, a survey found

Almost three quarters (74%) of parents want payday loan companies to be banned from broadcasting television and radio adverts before the 9pm watershed, according to a new study.

37% 'feel worse off post-recession'

Some 37% said utility bills, food and transport costs were among common financial worries, a poll shows

More than one-third of people feel that their finances have worsened over the last year despite signs of wider economic improvement, a survey has found.

54% 'fear debts will worsen'

Research found 54 per cent of people questioned fear their existing debt problems will escalate if Scotland votes to break away from the UK

More than half of Scots who are dealing with debt fear they will be worse off if their country votes in favour of independence, a survey suggests.

Card fraud hits record £174.5m

The growing trend of online shopping has helped to push up the amount lost on cards due to fraudulent internet, telephone or mail order purchases

A record £174.5 million was lost on cards due to fraudulent internet, telephone or mail order purchases in the first half of this year, new figures show.

£1 coin design competition launched

Artists are being sought for a competition to design the 'tails' side of the new one pound coin (HM Treasury/PA)

A nationwide art competition which will see someone win the opportunity to have their design featured on the "tails" side of the new one pound coin has been launched.

Support for fuel duty pothole plan

The Government is being urged to inject a further £1 billion a year into roads maintenance

More than four in five people would support a plan in which money raised from fuel duty was used to repair potholed roads, research has found.

Campaign for 'fair' energy prices

Which? has called for simpler tariffs, alongside a "price to beat" set by the regulator

A consumer watchdog has launched a campaign calling for "fair" energy prices after a poll found just one in five people trusted suppliers' charging practices.

Annuity sales plunge after shake-up

Pension pots are often used to buy annuities giving a regular income

Sales of retirement annuities have plummeted by more than one third as the Government's pensions revolution has paved the way for a lower take-up of the products, figures from insurers show.

First-time buyer loans hit 30,000

The Council of Mortgage Lenders said that 30,200 home loans worth £4.6 billion were advanced to people taking their first step on the property ladder in July

The number of mortgages handed out to first-time buyers has surpassed 30,000 in one month for the first time since 2007, figures from banks and building societies show.