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Mothers lack financial protection

60% of women with dependent children have no life insurance.

Help to Buy loans set to mature

Thousands of homeowners face financial squeeze as scheme nears 5-year anniversary.

Thinktank calls for tax system reform

Proposed system would introduce a single tax ‘schedule’.

Most people only use one ISA product

34% of adults have used an ISA in the past year.

Retailers committed to increasing apprenticeships

Apprenticeships to increase more than 2.5 times for 2017/18.

New laws to protect company directors

Directors twice as likely to be targeted by identity thieves.

Advisory fuel rates update

New advisory fuel rates for usage of company cars are in place.

Buy-to-let mortgage costs starting to rise

Rising interest rates increase costs for landlords.

Gig work helps over-55s ease into retirement

More than a third cite flexibility as the main benefit.

Home ownership falls for middle-income young adults

Rate falls 38% in the last 20 years.

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