Hello and welcome to this week’s Money Talks – a roundup of the week’s biggest stories and some things you may have missed.
Annuity rates plummet, making 2016 ‘worst year for payouts’
Price of a funeral has ‘more than doubled’ since 2004
Move over London … UK’s hottest property spot is Outer Hebrides
Government urged to press for recall of faulty tumble dryers
LV= forced to pay rejected burglary claim
Ditch high heels to promote equality at work, Theresa May told
Co-operative Energy leads list of energy suppliers increasing prices
Learn how to balance a budget in the biggest university challenge of all
Homes with private moorings
In the spotlight
The new plastic £5 note hit the streets on Tuesday – but how long will you be able to spend the old one, and should you keep one as a future investment? Patrick Collinson answers these questions, and more, while Rupert Jones looks at an alternative to cash.
Beware Goldcar – the hire firm that sells cover customers don’t want
Direct Line charged me less by phone than online as it said I was ‘sensible’
I’m at my wits’ end after BT disconnected my phone
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