Category Archives: Personal

04 Dec

Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

Frozen pipes are the biggest reason for escape of water claims in the winter. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the insurance industry pays out £2.5m every day to customers for escape of water home insurance claims. Some steps you can take to minimise the chances of an incident happening this winter are outlined below in our infographic: If

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Shoe box appeal
25 Oct

A-Plan supports Samaritan’s Purse Shoe box Appeal 2019

We are proud to be supporting Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse collects shoe boxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys. Then they deliver these to children in need around the world. A-Plan have teamed up with Samaritan’s Purse, so you can drop-off your filled shoe box at any A-Plan

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Busy commute to work
15 Oct

How long is the average commute to work?

How much of your time do you spend making your way to and from the office? According to research from the TUC, commutes take us an average of five minutes longer than a decade ago. This adds up to a whopping 18 extra hours each year.  The longest commute to work… It won’t come as

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over 50s
27 Sep

Over 50s – Under the Spotlight

What is an Over 50s product and is it right for you? Over 50s Life Insurance is a type of life insurance for anyone aged over 50 (up to the age of 80). You pay for this type of insurance with regular monthly payments and quite simply when you die it pays out a pre-agreed

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summer holiday
22 Sep

Summer holiday misery: your rights

Today it has emerged that 178-year-old holiday firm; Thomas Cook has collapsed over night, triggering the biggest ever repatriation to bring 150,000 British holiday makers home. Whether you have had a holiday company go bust or experienced cancelled flights, it pays to know your rights if your summer holiday has been met with disappointment. Your

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bake off
18 Sep

Great British Bake Off: kitchen safety tips

If the latest series of The Great British Bake Off has inspired you to pull on your apron and get into the kitchen, it’s worth keeping in mind a troubling statistic: insurance claims for kitchen fires rise by a whopping 183% across the three months of the Bake Off. That’s the finding of research last

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fuel
12 Sep

Look out for new labels at fuel pumps

If you’ve filled up your car since the start of this month, you might have spotted that there have been some changes to the way petrol and diesel are labelled. The fuel itself hasn’t changed, but the way it’s described has. While you’ll probably still see the terms “petrol” and “diesel” in use on the

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blue badge
04 Sep

Blue Badge scheme recognises hidden disability

There’s good news if you suffer from an ‘invisible’ disability: the Blue Badge scheme is being extended so that you’ll now be eligible to apply. If your application is successful, this means you’ll be able to park in designated disabled parking spaces, as well as being able to park in other normally restricted places such

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non-standard construction
20 Aug

Buying a non-standard construction house: what you need to know

When buying a traditional bricks-and-mortar house, we tend to take it for granted that aspects of home ownership such as insurance and maintenance will be straightforward and nothing to be too concerned about. If you’re buying a non-standard construction house, however, there are a few extra considerations. Let’s take a look at what you need

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sleep
25 Jul

Just what is keeping Brits up at night?

According to research by Bupa, 32 million Brits wake up worrying. If our mind is worrying it will not let us sleep, and waking up in the night can leave you tired, irritable and unable to concentrate. So just what keeps us awake? The same research by Bupa states that the number one thing that

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