The eco boilers that cost £5K a year: A ‘green’ energy deal gone wrong

On a cold Wednesday evening, the rain is pelting at the windows of the Slamannan Community Centre, where around 50 people have braved the weather to attend a meeting about soaring energy bills. They are residents of this and other rural villages near Falkirk, in Scotland, where households have seen their bills jump to more … Read more

The magic numbers to end cold call hell: Free call-blocking codes

Nuisance calls come in all manner of guises.  There are unscrupulous salesmen, automated voices claiming you are owed compensation and plausible fraudsters hoping to con you out of your savings. According to the latest figures from the Information Commissioner’s Office, there was a 20 per cent increase in complaints about nuisance calls last year. Phone … Read more

On eve of Cyber Monday, crooks want to rip you off: Here’s how to spot 12 cyber scams of Christmas

The season of goodwill is upon us – and cyber criminals are rubbing their hands in anticipation at how to take advantage of our generous festive feelings. The Mail on Sunday reveals the 12 online scams of Christmas – looking at the most likely ways that thieves will try to empty our bank accounts. 1. … Read more

What is a ‘petnup’ and how much do they cost?

Hairy: Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong have to decide who gets to keep their dog, Hurley Want to stake a claim over your pet in case of a nasty break-up?  Gabrielle Read-Thomas, a solicitor in the Altrincham office at Stowe Family Law, explains ‘petnups’, what they cover and how much they cost. Getting divorced is … Read more

Insurers are told to ban the practice of ‘dual pricing’

Consumer experts are calling for a ban on ‘dual pricing’ in the insurance market to end widespread discrimination against loyal customers. They call recent initiatives by a handful of insurance giants aimed at improving the lot of long-standing customers as ‘gimmicks’ that do not go far enough. Andrew Hagger, of financial consultancy MoneyComms, says: ‘Recent … Read more