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Providers blamed for IP sales slump

Provider apathy is the biggest threat to developing the income protection market and is driving the current sales slump, according to Defaqto research.

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NU doubles size of large case admin team

Norwich Union has doubled the size of its large case administration team.The department, which is designed to provide accessible, expert support to advisers writing larger sums assured, now has 14 staff and handles around 200 cases a week, which equates to a total of £5 billion worth of business underwritten annually.NU head of protection customer […]

Deadline extended for NU orphan cash

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