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Greg Hands replaces Danny Alexander as Treasury chief secretary

Conservative party whip Greg Hands has been named as chief secretary to the Treasury, replacing Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander. Hands has served in the Tory whip office since 2011, but was handed his new role as part of today’s Cabinet reshuffle. As chief secretary, Hands will be the second most senior MP in the Treasury, […]

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Aviva’s Casal replaces Womack as global real estate unit boss

Aviva Investors has appointed Ed Casal as chief executive, global real estate, replacing Ian Womack who is retiring. Casal, currently Aviva’s global indirect real estate managing director, will oversee Aviva Investors Real Estate global operations as well as joining the unit’s executive committee with effect from 1 July. Bart Coenraads, who is head of Asia […]

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Nic Cicutti: Back to the Future policies are failing voters

Of all the sayings about the media’s need to remain neutral when delivering information to the public, one of the most over-used is that from former Guardian editor CP Scott back in the 1920s: “Comment is free but facts are sacred.” If so, then my column last week, in which I criticised the backward nature […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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A more personal approach to underwriting

Development Underwriter Toni Liddell talks about how changes to Royal London’s underwriting approach have resulted in products and services that better meet customers’ needs, including those with existing medical conditions. How would you describe Royal London’s approach to underwriting? Underwriting philosophy touches every part of our business – from product development through to claims. We […]

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