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RAND Europe and Vitality have published a global study on the economic impact of physical inactivity, illustrating the significant influence of regular exercise on economic growth, workforce productivity and life expectancy.  The study determines the economic benefits of increased physical activity globally, and for 23 individual countries. It shows that if all adults aged 18-64 […]

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A dog’s life

New research from Barclays has revealed that money worries are negatively impacting students’ anxiety levels (61 per cent), mental health (55 per cent), sleep (52 per cent) and even relationships (34 per cent) as a huge 83 per cent admit that they worry about running out of money during their first term. In fact, more […]

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Confidence Returning?

The October 2019 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors UK Residential Market Survey continues to show a subdued sales market, with negative readings covering new buyer enquiries, agreed sales and new instructions. Near term expectations for sales over the next three months have improved a little, and a stable trend is now anticipated – potentially indicating […]

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Drying out

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is reassuring homeowners and businesses affected by the recent flooding that insurers are doing everything possible to help them recover. This includes arranging and paying for temporary alternative accommodation where necessary, pro-actively contacting customers in flooded areas and, as soon as it is practical to do so, organising the drying […]

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Paging Dr. Google

Question, how does the ease of using Google influence many of us in diagnosing illness?  That’s a question Kolabtree posed in a survey to consumers to measure the impact of Google and new developments such as the NHS integration in Amazon’s Alexa. In responding to the question “where do you get your health information from?”, […]

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Can’t find my key

Despite increasing cost pressures, the average price paid for motor insurance in the third quarter of the year remained flat, as drivers continued to benefit from a competitive motor insurance market, according to the ABI’s latest Motor Insurance Premium Tracker out this week. The Tracker is the only survey that looks at the price consumers […]

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Slowly does it

Annual house price growth remained below 1% for the 11th month in a row in October, at 0.4%. Average prices rose by around £800 over the last 12 months, a significant slowing compared with recent years – for example, in the same period to October 2016, prices increased by £9,100. That’s the view of the […]

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Park Life at a Premium

Known as Britain’s breathing spaces, house prices in national parks are on average almost £128,000 more expensive than equivalent properties in surrounding counties.  The average house price in England and Wales is £294,021, compared to the average national park house price of £394,141– new data from Lloyds Bank has revealed. The New Forest is the […]

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