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Half of UK homeowners will be having a Bank HoliDIY this weekend

  • Garden improvements top the list of this weekend’s DIY tasks
  • 60% of those surveyed are planning to do the work themselves
  • Standard home insurance, without accidental damage cover, is unlikely to cover against a DIY disaster

SSE increases prices by 12%

  • SSE becomes the second energy provider to announce a 12% increase in prices across all regions

EDF first to increase prices since latest Ofgem price cap announced

  • EDF announces a 12% increase in prices across all regions
  • First provider to increase tariffs since the energy price cap increased this month

Almost 1 in 4 young driver insurance policies could be fronted

  • New GoCompare research reveals that 23% of parents have insured a young driver’s car in their name
  • 41% of parents in Wales say that their child’s car insurance policy is in their name
  • The cost of car insurance is top concern for parents of young drivers
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Learner drivers stalled by an average of nine months thanks to Covid-19

  • 29% of parents believe the pandemic has delayed their kids passing by a year
  • Learners have had to wait 9 months extra to get on the road due to the lockdowns
  • A quarter of learner drivers are still not back to lessons
  • GoCompare releases its driving test report for the UK which reveals the top ten places in the UK to pass a driving test

Householders could be paying £235 more for energy this year, thanks to two increases in the Ofgem energy price cap

  • Ofgem announces further £139 increase in price cap, to come into effect on October 1st, following an increase of £96 in April 2021
  • Those on variable or default tariffs need to shop around now before cap deadline in October, says GoCompare Energy
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Pokemon cards and private hearing aids: expensive items that are listed on home insurance policies

  • The Pokemon card and private hearing aid collection are each worth over £100,000
  • A poster was also valued at £100,000 and a selection of paintings at £300,000
  • Rings account for around a fifth of items covered as a specified item on home insurance policies
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Mass adoption of electric vehicles won’t arrive in time for the 2030 ban

  • Mass adoption of EVs is unlikely to occur before the 2030 ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles
  • EVs with a real-world range of 290 miles will not be available at an inexpensive price within the next ten years

Half of UK householders have fallen in love with their homes all over again after months indoors over lockdown

  • Around half say they are happy with their homes and are not looking to move or extend
  • The majority in all age groups questioned said they didn’t feel the need to relocate
  • Around a third of householders aged 18-44 say they are happy where they are, rising to half of those age up to 65
  • The biggest reason for those wanting a change is feeling fed up of being at home

More UK homeowners join Neighbourhood Watch schemes since lockdown

All ages flocked to community groups, but biggest increases were seen in those aged 25-34

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Almost two thirds of pet owners could be endangering their dogs by feeding them BBQ leftovers

  • 62% of pet owners give their dog BBQ scraps
  • RSPCA warns against feeding dogs barbecue food