Monthly Archives: January 2014

Lifetime quotes are Taylor-made job for ace artist Alan!

A Wortley-based artist is helping bring a dash of colour and personality to Lifetime House! Alan Taylor (pictured below) and his wife Caroline are talented muralists and artisan decorators who work nationwide and abroad – and Alan, through knowing our MD Ian Dickinson due to their love of golf! – was asked to come in…

UK mortgage levels show yearly surge

Mortgage levels in the United Kingdom have risen once more. A total of 734,969 home loans were approved during the year, up from 612,654 the previous year. Mark Harris, the chief executive of mortgage broker SPF Private Clients, told the BBC: “We expect this to continue this year as Help to Buy [government-backed mortgage scheme]…

Scarborough-based St Catherine’s hospice thrilled to receive another Lifetime cheque

Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough has thanked Lifetime for a further donation to its coffers. Lifetime donates 10% of fees generated on new accounts to a hospice chosen by the person who referred them the business. After receiving a cheque for Lifetime’s latest donation, the hospice’s Director of Funding Development, David Marshall, said: “We are…

Would you ‘park up your shopping trolley’ to get financial advice?

Would you park up your shopping trolley and nip into a little booth for financial advice? No? Us neither. It just doesn’t feel right that at all does it? Yet that could be the future for customers of Barclays Bank. Barclays plan to cut hundreds of jobs in its investment banking division, and is also…

Another warning for employers to start planning their Auto Enrolment early

Around two thirds of employers who have auto-enrolled their staff found it ‘more difficult than they had anticipated’. That’s according to the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). The NEST Insight report, published on January 28, says 63% of employers surveyed in 2013 had ‘encountered unexpected challenges’, while 55% ‘found it difficult to understand the legalities’…

Coding set to sit alongside reading, writing and mathematics in curriculum

From September 2014, coding will be part of the primary and secondary education curriculum in the UK, as part of wider changes designed to boost computer literacy alongside reading, writing and maths skills for British children. And gaming, animation and other technology is certainly hitting a chord with today’s youth. Lifetime’s Social Media Manager Andrew…

The opportunity to ‘switch annuities’ and shop around; good or bad proposal?

The annuity market, which millions of Britons rely on for income in old age, isn’t working. Well, that’s the view of many people, including the government’s pensions minister Steve Webb, who says that the opportunity to ‘switch annuities’ – so that pensioners will be able to shop around and change annuities in the same way…

Auto Enrolment – the key facts

Auto Enrolment involves all employers having to auto enrol, by law, all eligible employees into a qualifying pension scheme, and to make minimum contributions on their behalf. It is part of a Government initiative to increase personal retirement savings. This is as a result of the fact that a large number of the working population…

Cap on pension charges not until April 2015 at earliest says government minister

The government’s Pensions Minister Steve Webb has reiterated his commitment to implementing a cap on pension charges. Mr Webb insists ‘nothing has changed’ as a result of responses to the official consultation, but says that a cap will not be introduced until April 2015 at the earliest. He added: “Some of what is ‘leaking out’…