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44% reject currency union plan

A poll found more than 40% of people from across Britain do not believe there should be a currency union if Scotland becomes independent

More than 40% of people from across Britain do not believe there should be a currency union if Scotland becomes independent, according to a poll.

Fall in banks' customer complaints

Barclays said its complaints for the first half of 2014 were down by 26% compared with the first six months of 2013

Banks have seen large falls in customer complaints in the first half of this year in further signs that the payment protection insurance scandal has peaked.

Top year for stocks and shares Isas

A total of £18.4 billion was invested into stocks and shares Isas in 2013/14

Savers have ploughed a record £18.4 billion into stocks and shares Isas over the last year as the search for decent returns on their pots continues.

2.5m PPI complaints to be reopened

The scale of the PPI scandal is thought to have peaked, the FCA said

More than two-and-a-half million complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) are to be re-opened amid concerns that firms may have unfairly brushed them aside, the City regulator has announced.

Bonuses increase to over £40bn

Total bonuses rose to £40.5 billion, including £14.4 billion paid in the finance and insurance industry, the Office for National Statistics said

Annual bonuses have risen to more than £40 billion with pay-outs for financial sector employees dwarfing those in the rest of the economy, official figures showed today.

Water bills to be 5% lower - Ofwat

Most water companies put forward lower bills in business plans submitted to Ofwat in June

Household water and sewerage bills are set to be about 5% lower on average in real terms over the next five years, the industry's regulator said today.

House prices 'have hit new high'

House prices surged by 11% year-on-year in August, Nationwide says

House prices surged by 11% year-on-year in August to reach another new all-time high of £189,306 on average, Nationwide has reported.

'£130 of gadgets' in schoolbag

Some 48% of school children take a mobile phone to school, the uSwitch survey showed

More than a quarter of parents plan to spend an average of £329 per family on gadgets for their children ahead of the new school year, a survey has found.

Signs of housing market cool down

Sellers in England and Wales typically achieved 95.9% of their asking price in August, Hometrack said

The gap between house sellers' asking prices and the amounts that buyers are willing to pay is widening in growing signs of a cool down in the market, property analyst Hometrack has reported.

Funding for Lending figures down

The Bank of England's lending scheme has been disappointing, according to business leaders

Net lending to small businesses under a flagship Bank of England scheme shrank by £435 million in the second quarter of 2014 despite efforts to focus the initiative on the sector.

Minister hails young worker schemes

Esther McVey urged young people to seek workplace experience

More than a quarter of a million young people have taken part in employer-led work placements or work experience over the past few years under a government scheme, new figures have shown.

Weird compensation offers revealed

A book of stamps was one of the bizarre compensation offers made by a company, a poll has revealed

A year's supply of fruit cake, a book of stamps and a free meerkat adoption are some of the forms of compensation offered by UK companies, a survey has found.

Parents 'missing meals' to pay rent

10.5% of working adults with children reported missing meals to help pay for their home

An estimated 880,000 working parents in England have resorted to skipping meals in the last year in order to cover their mortgage or rent, according to research from Shelter.

First Direct tops customer poll

First Direct has consistently topped MoneySavingExpert's consumer survey since it started in 2008

First Direct has retained top spot in a customer satisfaction poll of current account providers while Barclays languishes in bottom place for the first time.

Aldi and Lidl keep up the pressure

Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer, it is reported

Half of households shopped at Aldi or Lidl at least once over the summer as the discounters kept up their pressure on the "big four" supermarkets.

Deadline looms for CPP cover claims

Around seven million people have been eligible for payouts after being mis-sold CPP card or identity protection insurance products

People who were mis-sold a type of cover for bank and credit cards face a last-minute dash to return their claim forms now or else they will miss out on compensation.

Missing people 'guardians' proposed

Becoming a 'guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person' means taking care of that person's financial situation

Families of missing people could be given new powers under Government proposals to take care of the legal and financial affairs of their absent relatives.

Green Deal advert 'misleading'

An advertorial included claims regarding the savings that could be made following green home improvements

An advert for the Government's Green Deal misled householders by implying that energy savings were guaranteed under the scheme, the advertising watchdog has ruled.