Lauren Howells

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About Lauren Howells

After completing her law degree, Lauren decided to follow her passion for writing. She regularly contributes articles to CLNews on personal finance and general consumer topics.

Loan Firm Caught Promoting on Facebook Groups

By | 2019-01-15T14:56:28+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Payday loan Firm Bee Loans has reportedly been promoting its loans on Facebook buy and sell groups, according to The Sun. Initially spotted by Charlotte Burns, blogger at Lotty Earns, The Sun reported that Bee Loans had been posing as individuals in order to make recommendations about its loans to Facebook users. [...]

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Millennials most optimistic about retirement – but least prepared financially

By | 2019-01-08T13:27:53+00:00 January 8th, 2019|Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. People aged under 32 years old plan to retire the earliest, despite being significantly less likely to have a pension plan in place than older age groups, according to new research.   A third of Britons below 32 hope to retire early A survey of more than 1,000 people, carried out by [...]

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Government introduces new legislation to “upgrade workers’ rights”

By | 2018-12-25T09:58:30+00:00 December 26th, 2018|Business, Economy|

By Lauren Howells. The government has introduced what it claims to be the largest upgrade in workers’ rights in over a generation and which it says will ensure that workers can access “fair and decent work”. The new legislation means that workers will have the right to a day one written statement of rights, which [...]

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Fraud Victims can now Complain to Banks who Receive their Money

By | 2018-12-18T09:47:33+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Banking, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Fraud victims who are conned into sending money to a scammer will soon be able to complain to the bank that received their money, as well as the bank that sent it. New rules published by the Financial Conduct Authority at the end of last week, mean that from 31 January 2019, [...]

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O2 to offer compensation following data outage

By | 2018-12-14T09:29:17+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Lauren Howells. Mobile phone provider O2 has announced that the millions of UK customers who were affected by its data outage last week will be compensated. The issue, which resulted in customers not being able to use their mobile data, lasted for nearly 24 hours. Some users reported that they were unable to receive [...]

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Marriott International data breach affecting 500 million guests

By | 2018-12-14T09:29:18+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Business, Technology|

By Lauren Howells. Up to 500 million guests who made a reservation at a Starwood property, may have had their details compromised following a data breach. Unauthorised access to Starwood network since 2014 Marriott said that, following an alert on 8 September 2018 from an “internal security tool” regarding an attempt to access the Starwood [...]

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Brexit deal “would leave the UK £100 billion-a-year poorer” by 2030

By | 2018-12-14T09:29:18+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Personal Finance, Politics|

By Lauren Howells. The government’s proposed Brexit deal would leave the UK £100 billion-a-year poorer by 2030 compared to staying in the EU, a new study by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) has revealed. According to the study commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign but conducted independently by the NIESR, the [...]

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EE and Virgin Media fined total of £13.3 million for overcharging customers

By | 2018-12-14T09:29:18+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Communication giants EE and Virgin Media have been fined a combined total of £13.3 million by Ofcom, for overcharging phone and broadband customers who wanted to leave their contracts early. Ofcom said that the fines were the result of investigations into EE’s and Virgin Media’s early-exit charges. Of the nearly 500,000 customers [...]

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Employer plans to recruit hit by “worsening skills and labour shortages”

By | 2018-12-14T09:29:39+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Business, Personal Finance|

By Lauren Howells. Companies who are planning to employ more staff are being hit by worsening skills and labour shortages, partly due to a “sudden reversal” in the growth in the number of both non-EU and EU migrants in employment in the UK, research by the CIPD has revealed. The professional HR body has said [...]

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Brittany Ferries sees drop in bookings due to Brexit uncertainty

By | 2018-12-18T10:08:11+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Business, Politics|

By Lauren Howells. Brittany Ferries has told the BBC’s Wake Up to Money that it is seeing a drop in bookings for next summer, as customers are concerned about what impact Brexit will have on travel. After the ferry company saw a 2% rise in passenger traffic from July to September this year compared to [...]

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