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Logbook loans

BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday, 3rd March 2012 at 1204 GMT On Radio 4 and Online

Britain's largest logbook loan brand is active again just days after the firm that owned it went into administration., now under the new ownership of Hermes Property Services ltd, is online offering loans at 478% APR secured against the value of a car or motor bike. We look at how these loans work and hear from senior trading standards executive, David Sanders who says this type of loan should be banned.

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Talking cash machines for blind customers

Imagine having to ask a stranger to take money out of the cash machine for you because you can't see what's in front of you. That's the situation that Suzie Simonds regularly finds herself in since she lost her sight six years ago. She wants banks to bring in talking cash machines, as do the RNIB - so what do the banks have to say about it?

Paul Lewis joins Suzie on a trip to the bank. He also speaks to Hugh Huddy, Campaigns Officer with the RNIB and solicitor Claire Dawson, partner with Russell Jones&Walker.

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Mortgage rate hike

The Bank of England base rate may have stayed the same for three years, but that doesn't mean that mortgage rates will do so too. This week two banks - Halifax and RBS - have announced moves towards changing their mortgage rates. Around a million Halifax customers could find their monthly mortgage payments going up - after the Britain's biggest lender announced it's increasing the cap on its standard variable rate. That's usually an early indication that rates are moving up.

Meanwhile RBS has announced it's raising the rate on its Offset and One Account mortgages by a quarter of one per cent - from 3.75% to 4%. So will others follow suit? Paul Lewis talks to David Hollingworth, Associate Director, London and Country Mortgages.

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When does tax avoidance become tax evasion?

In the week that Barclays Bank is ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax - which it had tried to avoid - Money Box debates the point at which tax avoidance becomes tax evasion? Paul Lewis is joined by tax specialist Mike Warburton, Director at Grant Thornton and by Chartered Accountant Richard Murphy of Tax Research UK.

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