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Broad­band boost

TALKTALK has cut the cost of its Faster Fi­bre broad­band deal from £32 to £25 a month for new and ex­ist­ing cus­tomers who lock in for two years — but the of­fer ends on June 1. It prom­ises no mid-­con­tract price hikes, un­lim­ited us­age and speeds up to four times faster than stan­dard broad­band.

Fi­nal pen­sions

ABOUT 80,000 peo­ple trans­ferred out of fi­nal salary pen­sions last year. The fig­ures from the Pen­sions Reg­u­la­tor sug­gest many are tak­ing ad­van­tage of a rise in the amount of money you get for cash­ing in. It’s vi­tal to take ad­vice be­fore act­ing, say ex­perts.

Stranger loans

A WEB­SITE that cuts out banks to give savers bet­ter re­turns is launch­ing a new Isa on June 15. Zopa, which matches savers’ cash with bor­row­ers seek­ing loans, will of­fer its In­no­va­tive Fi­nance Isa next month. New cus­tomers must wait un­til Au­gust.

Land­lord hotspots

LIVER­POOL is the best place to get an in­come from buy-to-let prop­er­ties, anal­y­sis shows. Pri­vate Fi­nance, a mort­gage bro­ker, found that you can earn £8 of in­come for ev­ery £100 in­vested, com­pared to £5.60 in Not­ting­ham and £5.40 in Coven­try af­ter mort­gage costs.

Fu­neral bill hike

THE cost of cre­mat­ing or bury­ing a de­ceased rel­a­tive has risen more than 5 pc in the past year. On aver-age, a burial in the UK now costs £1,792 and a cre­ma­tion is £753, ac­cord­ing to com­par­i­son site Funer­al­booker. But fam­i­lies face a post­code lottery. In Lon­don the av­er­age cost of bury­ing some­one is £3,806, whereas in Devon and Corn-wall a cre­ma­tion costs £809.

Con­tact­less fears

A JUDGE has crit­i­cised con­tact­less cards af­ter a thief used one to go on a shop­ping spree. The bank cards al­low pay­ments of up to £30 with­out a Pin. David Bartlett, of Ex­eter Crown Court, said: ‘It’s lu­di­crous banks al­low this.’

Rogue risks

VIR­GIN ty­coon Sir Richard Bran-son has warned that fraud­sters are try­ing to sell high-­risk in­vest­ments known ‘as bi­nary op­tions’ by us­ing his name to ap­pear cred­i­ble. Vic­tims lost £13 mil­lion last year to these scams, which in­volve bet­ting on mar­ket move­ments.

Death tax

WID­OWS and wid­ow­ers who re­ceive a part­ner’s pen­sion could be hit with a shock tax bill, in­surer Royal Lon­don warns. If some­one dies while em­ployed, a lump sum of up to four times their salary may add to their pen­sion legacy and push them above the £1 mil­lion life­time al­lowance. The sur­viv­ing part­ner would then face a 55 pc tax charge.

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