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Arron has a degree in Business Administration from Cornwall Business School. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Credit Management. He writes mostly on matters relating to personal finance. Arron is a Product Manager at checkmyfile.

Credit search footprints left by comparison sites

If you’re one of the millions of people who use comparison websites to make sure you’re getting the most competitive insurance quotes, you might have noticed that every time you use a comparison site, you get an increased number of searches on your credit report.

Published on 16 Feb 2018 by Arron Dickens

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Rent-to-own quite alright or right rip off

A way of purchasing household appliances and electrical goods that many thousands of customers rely on, the rent-to-own model, has now come under fire from MP’s. An all-party parliamentary group on personal finance is calling on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to look into the finance agreements that are put in place when you purchase items through rent-to-own.

Published on 13 Feb 2015 by Arron Dickens

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Sales of British supercars increase

The supercar maker McLaren is looking to expand and take on the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, as it sees sales increase quite dramatically in the past two years.

Published on 11 Oct 2013 by Arron Dickens

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Consumer appetite for credit grows

The British Bankers Association (BBA) has indicated that unsecured borrowing has started to pick up for the first time since before the recession.

Published on 9 Oct 2013 by Arron Dickens

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Sales of counterfeit goods surge

Shoppers in the UK are admitting to regularly purchasing ‘knock-off’ versions of popular products, in an industry now worth an estimated £500bn globally each year.

Published on 8 Oct 2013 by Arron Dickens

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Free school meals to save over £400 a year per hild

Every infant school child will receive free school meals from September 2014, under plans announced by the coalition government on Wednesday. Only children whose parents are on low incomes are currently able to qualify for free school lunches. This extension of the scheme will increase the number of 5, 6 and 7 year old children eligible from 400,000 currently, to over 1.9 million.

Published on 20 Sep 2013 by Arron Dickens

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House prices in England now at record high

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the house price index for England is now at its highest level ever. The previous peak came before the financial meltdown in January 2008- the current level stands at 0.9% higher. The last year has seen accelerating recovery for house prices, with annual prices rises for July standing at 3.3%, up from 3.1% just a month earlier.

Published on 18 Sep 2013 by Arron Dickens

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Households with no-one employed at lowest level ever

The number of households in the UK where no adult is working is at its lowest level since records began. The Office for National Statistics has released figures showing that there are currently 3.5 million households in the UK where there is no adult in work. This is down from around 3.7 million a year ago, and nearly 4 million at the height of the recession.

Published on 16 Sep 2013 by Arron Dickens

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Quick house sale companies to be investigated

The Office of Fair Trading is looking into firms which offer to buy your house quickly, in exchange for accepting a below market value price. They have written to 120 companies asking them to provide information about the contracts that are offered to customers. It is alleged that three companies are already being investigated for unfair practice and illegal contracts.

Published on 9 Aug 2013 by Arron Dickens

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Nationwide allows long term tenancies on buy-to-lets

According to Shelter, one in five families now rent instead of buy a house, and these families would obviously like greater security when choosing a rental property. Usually landlords with buy-to-let mortgages have only been able to offer tenancy agreements of between 6 and 12 months, but Nationwide is now planning to allow its buy-to-let borrowers to accept extended tenancy agreements of up to three years.

Published on 28 Jun 2013 by Arron Dickens

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