UK Money

Better energy efficiency demanded

Charities have urged the next government to improve energy efficiency in UK homes

A watchdog has called on the next government to immediately commit to an aggressive energy efficiency strategy, saying millions of UK homes continue to "leak cash" every winter.

Public rail 'could be 10% cheaper'

Action for Rail said UK commuters could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on travel as passengers in France, Germany, Spain and Italy

Rail season tickets could be 10% cheaper by 2017 if train services were run by the public sector instead of private firms, according to new research.

One in five 'expecting 2% pay rise'

Workers on average expect to see earnings rise by just 1.1%, a survey found

Only one in five employees expects their pay to rise by 2% or more this year, dampening hopes that wage increases will spur further economic growth, according to new figures.

Average advertised salary up by 8%

The average advertised salary has risen 8% in the last year to more than £34,500, according to jobs site Adzuna

Advertised salaries have jumped by 8% in the past year to an average of more than £34,500, driven by big rises for teachers and healthcare workers including nurses, according to a new report.

Warning over pension data sales

Sensitive financial information is being sold for pennies to fraudsters and cold-calling firms, reports say

An investigation has been launched into claims millions of people's pension pot details are being sold and ending up in the hands of criminals.

Tories 'may not detail benefit cut'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith appears on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show (BBC/PA)

Conservatives may not reveal details of how they plan to cut £12 billion from benefits before voters go to the polls on May 7, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Pension changes 'may unlock £140bn'

New pension freedoms come into force from April 6

Up to £140 billion of savings could be released when millions of over 55-year-olds are allowed to cash in their pension pots from next month, ministers have said.

Tory 'benefits cuts' plans leaked

The proposals could generate savings worth an estimated £5.8 million a year, according to a report

The Conservatives are considering plans to scrap or restrict a series of benefits saving billions of pounds from the welfare bill, it has been reported.

£20m rise in online banking fraud

Figures from Financial Fraud Action UK showed that £60.4 million was lost in 2014 due to online banking fraud

Online banking fraud losses have surged by nearly £20 million or 48% over the last year, prompting a warning to consumers to download anti-virus software and beware of conmen trying to trick them into revealing their personal details.

Home affordability 'at 2009 levels'

Oxford topped the "unaffordability" list, research from Lloyds revealed

The cost of a typical home in a UK city is at its most unaffordable level since 2009 as buyers face stretching their wages further to keep up with rising property prices, a report has found.

PM warns over Labour tax plans

David Cameron said it was 'important that we stick to the plan that's working for Britain'

The Tory VAT bombshell shows the party does not need to put up taxes on workers while Labour's plans would "clobber" families, David Cameron has insisted.

Plans for 'pensions dashboard'

The FCA said it is in discussions with the Government to explore the best way to create a pensions dashboard

A "pensions dashboard" allowing savers to see all their retirement pots in one place is to be created under plans confirmed by the City regulator.

Tool compares current accounts

Around 65 million active personal accounts exist in the UK

Current account customers will now be able to see in pounds and pence exactly how much better off they could be by moving to another bank or building society, as a Government-backed online comparison tool has been launched.