Nationwide credit card limit cut turned into an emergency call

It was cut from £12,000 to £600 while I was away in AustraliaI have been a loyal Nationwide credit card customer for more than 15 years, always paying off my £700-£5,000 monthly balance in full. Over the years my credit limit has risen steadily to £12,000. In January, I told Nationwide I was going to […]
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Christine Milne calls for full inquiry into political campaign funding – video

The leader of the Greens, Senator Christine Milne, discusses party funding. Calling for a $50 limit on anonymous donations, she says: ‘It would be madness to allow the old parties to further entrench a two-party system when right across Australia people are saying they need the Greens in the Senate after the election to stand […]
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World’s happiest OECD countries: in full

Australia retains its place as the world’s happiest industrialised nation for the third year running – with the UK coming in 10th1. Australia2. Sweden3. Canada4. Norway5. Switzerland6. United States7. Denmark8. Netherlands9. Iceland10. UK11. New Zealand12. Finland13. Austria14. Luxembourg15. Ireland16. Belgium17. Germany18. France19. Slovenia20. Spain21. Japan22. Czech Republic23. Italy24. Israel25. Poland26. Slovak Republic27. Korea28. Portugal29. Hungary30. […]
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EDF meter mix-up stopped us getting gas and electricity bills

I’ve been calling EDF since January and we still haven’t had an energy bill, despite giving meter readings for gas and electricityWe moved into our house in September last year. It needed a full rewire and gas central heating brought to the house and installed. The electricity supply started in September and the gas meter […]
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Petrol price rigging inquiry contacts oil traders

Glencore and Vitol among those receiving ‘request for information’ as part of cross-border investigationGlencore and other big oil trading companies have been asked to provide information to the cross-border investigation into alleged petrol price rigging. There is no suggestion that these companies are being investigated.European commission officials have asked the trading houses to answer questions […]
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Pru avoids pay revolt but 11% vote against remuneration report

Prudential bosses escaped a full-scale pay revolt despite shareholder complaints about payPrudential bosses escaped a full-scale pay revolt at the insurer’s annual meeting on Thursday but shareholders accused them of greed just weeks after the company was fined £30m by the City regulator.One shareholder told the board that combined pay of £33.4m for its seven […]
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TV presenters after 50: which channels hire older women?

New figures published by Harriet Harman show 82% of presenters on TV over the age of 50 are men. Which broadcasters are best and worst?• Get the data• More data journalism and data visualisations from the GuardianA shocking 82% of broadcast presenters over the age of 50 are men, new figures have revealed. The research […]
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Companies guilty of oil price fixing will face charges, says David Cameron

Prime minister describes allegations as ‘very serious’ and says those who manipulate prices will feel ‘full force of law’David Cameron has warned that anyone found guilty of the “hugely concerning allegations” of oil price fixing should face the “full force of the law”.Speaking in New York, the prime minister said the allegations were “very, very […]
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UK employment has been a bright spot – but now casual workers feel the heat | Larry Elliott

Even if Britain gets a growth spurt, firms will respond initially by getting full-time workers to work a bit harderBritain’s labour market has been one of the bright spots of the recession. Had economists been asked five years ago to predict the level of unemployment in the event that the economy would crash and then […]
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British Gas owner Centrica enjoys profits boost after cold snap

Centrica says it will try to avoid more price rises for as long as possible as it faces protests at annual meeting on MondayBritish Gas’s owner, Centrica, enjoyed a huge boost from the cold snap as consumers turned up the heating, driving consumption up by almost a fifth compared with last year.The company, which raised […]
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