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Late filing

Mortgage brokerages John Charcol and Alexander Hall are both more than a month late in filing their accounts to Companies House. Both firms were due to file 2008 accounts on October 31, 2009 but have not yet done so. Last year, John Charcol’s directors pumped £2.1m into the business on top of the £1.5m put up in 2007.



C&G manager is jailed for stealing mortgage cheques

A Cheltenham & Gloucester branch manager has been jailed for a year for stealing £40,000 in customers’ mortgage repayment cheques and paying them into her own accounts. Irina Bartlett, 37, who worked at C&G’s Beast Market Hill branch in Nottingham, admitted a series of theft charges when she appeared before Nottingham Crown Court. The court […]


ABI to rebrand and standardise TPD

The Association of British Insurer is rebranding and standardising the total permanent disability definition as part of its statement of best practice for critical illness cover.

Protection push fails over aggregator fears

The Consumer Protection Insurance Engagement Campaign has failed to raise the funding to take its plans forward after providers feared online aggregator sites would attract most new business as a result of a campaign. A report into the reasons why the 22 insurers and reinsurer failed to back the initiative shows IFA-focused providers feared the […]

The Downsizing Delusion: Why relying exclusively on your home to fund your retirement may end in tears

By Steve Webb, director of policy The British obsession with homeownership can have dangerous consequences. A recent survey by Barings¹ found that up to three million people of working age were planning to rely wholly on the value of their home to fund their retirement. We are not talking about people investing in buy-to-let or […]


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