How not to overspend at Christmas

Sabrina Jillah
12/11/2015
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It can’t have escaped you that the Christmas ads have started popping up everywhere you look. The panic of having to buy all those presents, who gets what, Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, all that food – and breathe!
Do not panic and put everything on your credit card, it’s best to budget and prevent yourself going into debt. You don’t want to have a huge bill to pay in January and then have nothing left to pay for the essentials. We’ve a few ideas here to help.

5 Tips to Stay Safe this Bonfire Night

Gillian Cooper
04/11/2015
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November is here and that can only mean one thing – Fireworks Night! Getting all wrapped up with your hats and gloves on, and going outside to watch the pretty displays in the sky, with a warm bonfire in the distance.
An organised display always has a great atmosphere, and suddenly it’s not so depressing that it gets dark early in the evenings. Of course many of us like to do our own fireworks displays in the garden, which can be good fun but it always pays to be safe – the last thing we want is for any accidents to happen. Here are our tip 5 tips to staying safe this Bonfire Night.

Tenants should consider taking income protection

Gillian Cooper
23/10/2015
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Families living in rented accommodation are much less likely to have a financial protection policy in place than homeowners, according to new research.
Just 3% of people who rent privately have income protection, for example, claims the new study by Aviva. It also found tenants could be putting their financial security at risk in others ways too, by not having adequate savings to fall back on in the event of illness or unemployment.

Life insurance gap for tenants

Gillian Cooper
14/10/2015
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Families living in rented accommodation are less likely to have a life insurance policy in place than homeowners, according to new research.
Just one in five (20%) of people who rent privately are covered, compared to nearly half (48%) who own their home.

#HeartUnions - Durham Miners' Gala

Gillian Cooper
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We’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Durham Miners Gala.
Famed for its rousing colliery bands, bright banners and for being one of the biggest trade union gatherings in the whole of Europe, Durham Miners' Gala occupies a special - and prominent - place in the trade union calendar.

#HeartUnions Week - Burston School Strike

Gillian Cooper
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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Burston School Strike.
What's your most enduring memory from schooldays? Coming second in the 200m sprint on sports day? Taking the lead in the annual drama production? Or how about kicking off the longest strike in history?

#HeartUnions Week - Chainmakers' Festival

Gillian Cooper
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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Chainmakers’ Strike in 1910 and the Chainmakers Festival.
1910: the year Old Trafford was opened, George V succeeded to the British throne, and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country won minimum wage following a ten-week strike, effectively doubling their pay.

'Women underestimating their financial importance'

Gillian Cooper
Insurance news
21/08/2014
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Failure to take out income protection or life insurance cover means many UK women are inadvertently putting their families' financial futures at risk.
According to a report by insurance group Aegon, working women are not considering the implications of long-term illness or premature death on their nearest and dearest.