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Why is a top mattress firm giving me a bumpy ride?

Simba has a ‘no-quibble’ guarantee but it hasn’t fixed a ridge running down the middleI bought a Simba mattress in March 2017, and at the beginning all was good and we were happy with it. However, within six months it developed a serious problem –

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Mortgage costs hit two-year high as lenders anticipate rise in UK base rate

Average homeowner with a typical loan of £175,000 is now paying £44 a month more than last autumnRates on the most popular mortgage deals have reached their highest levels in two years as lenders increase prices in advance of an expected interest rate r

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Renting property: how does it compare around the world?

UK millennials face a lifetime of renting, according to a report – here’s how other nations copeIn the former textile quarter of the southern German city of Augsburg, Matthew Robinson, a 35-year-old school teacher, his wife Karoline and their two todd

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Should we get a two-year fixed-rate mortgage?

Our deal is ending and we’re wondering if we should fix for two or five years in case rates riseEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Sa

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War hero’s battle shows up our ‘inhumane’ frozen pensions policy | Rupert Jones

RAF veteran received a paltry £38.80-a-week state pension – because he moved to AustraliaRAF war hero Harry Penny was shot down over Holland in 1943, successfully evaded capture for 10 weeks, and was awarded a military OBE. But, much later in life, he

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‘Amazon, why am I deluged by unwanted parcels?’

Free goodies may seem like Christmas every day, but for one reader they became a problemWhen Tiffany Crow’s doorbell rings, her heart sinks and she immediately wonders: what will it be this time?A box of £25 wireless speakers, more fitness wristbands,

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What would a base rate rise to 2% mean for your mortgage?

Bank rate rise could cost average homebuyer an extra £138 each month on £175,00 mortgageInterest rate rises may be gradual but they will not be glacial, Michael Saunders, a member of the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee has said, hinting that

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Scottish Power raises energy bills for nearly 1m households

A 5.5% increase on a typical dual fuel bill for 960,000 customers is announcedNearly 1 million households will see their energy bills jump by £63 a year after Scottish Power became the fourth of the big six suppliers to raise their prices.The 5.5% increa

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For academics on insecure contracts, it's hard to not feel undervalued | Anonymous academic

In my first lecturing job, I ignored the low pay and focused on my students. But I never even got a word of thanksI took on hourly paid teaching in the English department of a university in the months after finishing my PhD. I did so not primarily for the

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Centenarian club: wealthiest investors expect to reach 100

A UBS poll reveals more than half of high-net worth individuals are confident of such a milestoneMore than half of of the world’s wealthiest investors expect to live to the age of 100, according to a survey.UBS wealth management polled 5,000 high-net wo

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Government too slow to protect low-paid workers, say MPs

Select committees want new laws brought forward to tackle irresponsible employersThe government is under fire from MPs for being too slow to act to protect low-paid workers from exploitation.The chairs of the work and pensions select committee and the bus

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London house prices post first annual fall since 2009

Average price in capital drops by almost £5,000 in 12 months as growth slows in rest of UKHouse prices in London have seen the first annual fall since immediately after the financial crisis, according to government figures which showed gains in every oth

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We need zero tolerance of this parking scandal

Confusing letter O with an 0 on a numberplate at a ticket machine should never be penalised I was intrigued by the case of the reader MR who lost his appeal against a parking infringement charge because he mistook a zero for the letter O when entering his

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UK pay growth outpaces inflation for first time in a year

Squeeze on real earnings eases as unemployment rate falls unexpectedly to 4.2%British workers have seen their first real pay rise in a year, as average wage growth overcomes the fading inflationary effects of the Brexit vote. Bringing to an end 12 months

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Bitcoin tools could make finance system safer, says IMF boss

Christine Lagarde believes revisiting crypto-assets could ‘harness gains and avoid pitfalls’The advance of bitcoin and other digital currencies could make the global financial system safer despite the prospect of “inevitable” accidents waiting to

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Martin Sorrell's resignation triggers 7% slide in WPP shares

Market reacts to uncertainty over succession at world’s largest advertising businessWPP: breaking up world’s top advertising group could net £22bnSir Martin Sorrell’s abrupt resignation from WPP triggered a 7% slide in the group’s share price on

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Universities ending the strikes is not a climbdown – the fight goes on | Des Freedman

Unions have accepted the Universities UK offer, but there is plenty of unfinished business – and not just with pensionsMembers of the University and College Union have voted 64% to 36% to suspend industrial action in their campaign to defend guaranteed

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Which? pulls the plug on its email service

Net result … 5,000 will have to switch to another providerI have been a member of Which? for more than 50 years and a supporter of its campaigns for fairness on behalf of consumers in the UK. Since the mid-90s, when the firm provided a “dial-up” int

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Government urged to postpone ‘second mortgage’ scheme

Anger over effect changes to SMI benefit is having on worried claimantsThe government has been urged to stall controversial benefit changes which came into effect in the new tax year, amid claims they unfairly penalise the most vulnerable in society.On 6

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Spring selling season stalls, as the housing market starts to feel the chill

What hope is there for buyers and sellers in the flattest period in the last five years?It was an announcement homebuyers and sellers barely needed to be told – Britain’s property market is going through its flattest period in the last five years. A r

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MOT changes could bring nasty surprise for diesel drivers

Motoring experts believe thousands of older diesel cars will fail revamped vehicle testThousands of older diesel cars could be forced off the roads from next month by a stricter emissions test that forms part of the biggest shakeup to MOTs for 20 years.Fr

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Tougher MOT tests from May will put diesel drivers in the firing line

A raft of strict checks will lead to more cars failing, with tougher emission measures likely to catch out diesel vehiclesA tough new MOT testing system for 30m cars on Britain’s roads starts on 20 May – threatening expensive bills for many diese

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Addressing the issue of being sent threatening letters meant for a previous tenant

Since moving into a new home we’ve been receiving huge amounts of their mail ... one from bailiffsI bought my first home 18 months ago and have since been receiving huge amounts of mail for a previous tenant – including fines for traffic violations, a

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Is it time for a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Our parents are getting frail so any guidance on how to go about this would be much appreciatedEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Satur

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