Category Archives: Personal

11 Dec

Winter Sports – A Short Guide to Staying Safe on the Slopes

The cold, crisp air and breath-taking vistas are just a few of the simple joys associated with winter sports. However, even the most competent skier and snowboarders can be involved in collisions or accidents. According to industry research, accidents on the slopes are the most common winter sports insurance claims. So if you are thinking

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gas safety
04 Dec

Christmas Day – Most Dangerous Day for Gas Safety

Christmas Gas Safety Tips   Did you know most gas related house fires occur on Christmas Day? According to the Gas Safe Register,  only 5% of adults put a gas safety check on their to-do list in the run up to Christmas, making the festive season the most dangerous time of the year when it

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home contents insurance
30 Nov

Home Contents Insurance: Renters – Are you Covered?

If you rent don’t assume your landlord will cover your home contents insurance. A recent report commissioned by the Financial Inclusion Commission stated that “nearly 16 million adults living in rented or owner occupied accommodation in the UK have no home contents insurance cover for their possessions…60% of those on £15,000pa or less have no

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christmas market
20 Nov

Where to visit a traditional Christmas market

Christmas markets in the UK have become extremely popular over the last 15 years, following the European tradition of small stalls selling gifts, crafts, food and drink. Most big cities and towns now boast their own, many in the same areas as our A-Plan branches. Here is a list of our favourites: Bath – A

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Christmas
06 Nov

Christmas Safety Advice

Now that Halloween and Bonfire night are behind us, the festive season is about to hit us and it won’t be long till homes across the UK are twinkling with fairy lights and Christmas cheer! But are you taking dangerous risks with your safety during the holidays? We’ve highlighted some common activities that may be

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young drivers
31 Oct

Driving without insurance a real risk for young drivers

Did You Know? About 23 per cent of young drivers crash within two years of passing their driving test, according to Brake, a road safety charity. Yet, 1 in 4 young drivers admit they’ve considered driving without insurance to avoid spending money, according to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Research compiled by Brake shows that younger

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home contents insurance
23 Oct

October is National Home Security Month

With the pressures of modern life, home security is often overlooked. However, it’s estimated that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK, with 40% occurring when a house is empty. National Home Security Month (NHSM), which officially takes part in October every year, aims to raise awareness of the importance of home security

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13 Oct

The dangers of driving while dehydrated

Driving while dehydrated has the potential to be as dangerous as drink-driving, according to a study from Loughborough University. The study, which was conducted over the course of two days, had a group of male volunteers perform various driving simulations while provided 200 millilitres of fluid to drink every hour on the first day, but

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crash for cash
07 Oct

How to avoid being a victim of crash for cash

We’ve all sat patiently at a junction waiting to get out into a line of traffic.  Having sat there for a while we are always relieved when a fellow courteous driver flashes his lights or waves us out.  We give him a cheerful thank you and move into the line of traffic and on with

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student
02 Oct

How to manage your student finances

Getting a degree is expensive, but making every penny count means you can enjoy your university days without getting saddled with debt. Here are some essential tips on how to manage your student finances: Work out a budget It’s hard to set a precise weekly budget before you get to university and see what things

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