Category Archives: Personal

16 Mar

Why are motor insurance premiums rising?

Whilst insurers are experiencing increasing levels of claims frequency and cost (especially for bodily injury and vehicle repair costs), there have been two major changes that are having an impact: The first is Insurance Premium Tax. This is a Tax levied by the Government on most insurance products.  Since November 2015, this has increased from

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caravan
13 Mar

Taking a caravan or motorhome to Europe

The sun is shining and it really feels like spring is coming! Caravan and motorhome owners are turning their thoughts to getting ready for the touring season. Why not broaden your horizons a bit further this year? Travelling to Europe with your caravan or motorhome can be a great idea for you and your family

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first home
06 Mar

How to sell your home

Spring is often thought of as the best time to sell your home. If you are currently looking to sell, have just put your home on the market or struggling to get viewings, we’ve put together some tips to help you make your home look its best. You may have heard of the term “home

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driving tests
28 Feb

Driving Tests Changing in 2017

Driving tests are changing After a consultation and trials across the country last year, the practical driving test is set to change. There are several changes which take into account new technology and more realistic driving scenarios and manoeuvres, with particular attention being paid to driving in rural areas. The main changes coming to Driving

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house name
21 Feb

What’s in a house name? An Englishman’s home is his castle.

House naming started many years ago with the wealthy naming their homes with grand titles such as Hall, Manor, Castle and Lodge, according to ancestry, location, and family titles: Norfolk House (Duke of), Belvoir Castle (overlooking the Belvoir Valley); Castle Drogo (named after a 13th ancestor) etc. Gradually, over the years, the wider population began

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car seat
13 Feb

Car Seat Law Changes on 1st March

The law on which car seat to use will change on 1st March. We take a look at the new car seat regulations and what they will mean for parents. WHAT ARE THE EXISTING RULES? Current UK law states that all children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or

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heating
03 Feb

Tips for staying warm & keeping energy costs down this winter

We’re in the depths of winter – a bleak time of year when you feel like hibernating and the time of year when your energy costs are at their highest. To ensure that your savings don’t go down as you turn the heat up, follow these tips: Turn the thermostat down: According to the Energy

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cameras
30 Jan

Speeding fines to rise in April 2017 – what to be aware of

Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales will rise by up to 50% after a review of sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts. A driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income. The Sentencing Council said it wanted to

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car club
26 Jan

Car club of the month – Westfield Sports Car Club

In the first of a series we’ll be running throughout 2017, A-Plan Specialist are highlighting some of the car clubs that have been making waves in their specialist areas – kicking things off with the kit car scene A-Plan Specialist are delighted to support the Westfield Sports Car Club. The Westfield Sports Car Club has

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vehicle tax
23 Jan

Vehicle tax is changing!

From 1st April 2017, vehicle tax for newly registered vehicles is changing in the UK. Generally, most cars will cost more to tax than they did previously, leaving only cheaper electric cars with tax-free status. The car tax changes were set in motion by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, as a response to falling CO2

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