Technical questions about property ownership would normally be considered a hot political issue but that has changed in the last 12 months. Leasehold has been described as "the PPI of the house building industry" and even by the Secretary of State as a "feudal" system, and a real scandal has emerged as people have discovered they don't actually own the homes they bought.
The most bizarre thing just happened. I sat down to write this blog on nuisance calls, and I received a PPI text message.
A man from Leeds has managed to get his own back on cold callers interrupting his evening television, by setting up his own
A £1.3 billion compensation package for seven million people missold card insurance policies by card insurer CPP group was
Barclays has unveiled plans to raise £5.8 billion in cash from investors in a massive share sale in order to meet City regulators
Two companies which appear in BBC3 series The Call Centre have been issued with fines totalling close to a quarter of a million
It is good to see the ICO using its power to issue a monetary penalty for a serious breach of the regulations in regards to SMS spam for the first time, and it is nice to know that they are looking at three other companies, but regulation on its own is simply not the answer.
The calls for banking reform are growing. About time. The big crash was more than five years ago. Since then we've had Libor rate-fixing, bonuses for failed financiers, massive fines for malpractices by leading banks, mis-sold PPI, interest rate swaps, fraud, money-laundering and tax dodging. Scandal after scandal. Are we mugs or masochists? Why do we put up with it? The rot has got to stop.
It's clear that nuisance calls and texts have become a daily problem for many people. They not only cause frustration, but they can even be distressing and intimidating. We've had more than 1,600 comments about nuisance calls and texts on our website and many of them had the same theme - 'why isn't something being done?' Our research also found that in the last three months, seven in 10 people received unsolicited calls and four in 10 an unwanted text.
The number of complaints made to the Financial Ombudsman about payment protection insurance (PPI) has risen yet again, with