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With a base rate rise looming, fixed rate mortgages are likely to get more expensive until it appears inflation is under control. And Halifax’s rates are looking better than they have for a couple of years

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Hero of the week is Halifax, which has voluntarily paid out £500m for misleading paperwork after a small number of complaints. It could have battled for years. Most financial services providers string out scandals for ages.

Villain of the week is Nationwide’s Chris Rhodes, who has claimed some brokers push clients to fix because of the proc fee. While the lender says the comments were taken out of context, I am surprised he even considered saying them.

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United front benefits customers

Brokers and lenders are working more closely together and this increased knowledge of each other’s businesses is leading to faster decisions that help hard-pressed borrowers

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Three questions for employers…

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey has been widely reported in the media and the two headline figures were these: the average cost of a nursery place for a child under two has risen by 33 per cent since 2010; and the costs have risen by five per cent in a single year.

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