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Heathcare for elderly crisis

The Government&#39s public-private partnership in the home care sector for the elderly could collapse under a weight of red tape, warns Bupa Care Services managing director Graham Swift.

He believes urgent action needs to be taken to ensure home care can be provided economically without the “bureaucratic contractual straitjacket” currently operating in the sector.

Swift was speaking at the annual Homecare conference in London.


Loyalty message sent to IFAs

IFAs have been told to nurture customer loyalty if they want theirbusiness to succeed and profits to grow.The message was delivered jointly by the Royal Mail and PrudentialIntermediary Division to members of IFA network Berkeley IndependentAdvisers at their recent national conference in Birmingham.The Royal Mail presented research by the Office of Consumer Affairs whichshows it […]

ScotEq helps IFAs get net-wise

Scottish Equitable is launching a range of computer based training courses for IFAs via the internet.The CBT courses will be available through the website of DBS subsidiary Assuresoft. The range also includes distance learning packs and company training courses.The courses which are free to IFAs using the Assureweb service cover a range of subjects from […]

Pru goes green with investments

The Prudential is to start taking social and environmental factors into consideration when investing in companies.The Prudential Portfolio Managers investment arm of the life office will screen all potential UK equity investments using a broad light green criteria drawn up by the Ethical Investment Research Service.

Perpetual blames Isa for profit slide

Perpetual blames the advent of the Isa for its8.5 per cent slide in pre-tax profits to £66.6m from £72.8m year ending September compared to the same time in 1998.The fund manager says Isas are harder to understand than Peps. It says it was also forced to splash out more on advertising to get its share […]


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