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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May, 2005, 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK
Mother wins landmark pay case
Mrs Alabaster and her daughter
Mrs Alabaster said the judgement would benefit thousands of women

BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 7 May, 2005 at 1204 BST.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 8 May at 2102 BST.

A woman who claimed she was underpaid during maternity leave has won a lengthy and important legal battle.

Michelle Alabaster began her case against the Woolwich Building Society in 1996, and the Court of Appeal finally ruled in her favour on Tuesday.

She had claimed that a pay rise of just over 200 had not been included when her maternity pay was calculated.

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) said the Alabaster case has set a precedent.

We spoke to EOC Chief Executive Caroline Slocock, and Dorothy Henderson, Employment Partner at lawyers Travers Smith, about the implications of this case.

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Goldfish credit changes

A major credit card company is stirring up a storm over changes to its charges.

The changes in the terms and conditions of Goldfish, part of Lloyds TSB, go directly against concerns recently expressed by MPs and consumer groups.

Chris A'Court reported.

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Norwich Union refunds customers

Norwich Union has said it will refund 6m to investors after it failed to disclose certain charges to them.

The insurer is writing to affected customers over the next three months to explain what happens next.

Paul Lewis asked Norwich Union Director of Actuarial Funds John Lister for the details.

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Children's savings

Parents and grandparents are angry that Alliance & Leicester has closed an attractive children's savings account to new customers and slashed the rate for existing ones.

A&L said it withdrew its FirstSaver account because take-up was low and added it would no longer proactively target the children's market.

We heard from unhappy listeners, and asked Anna Bowes of independent financial advisors Chase de Vere to reveal the current best-buys for children.

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Presenter: Paul Lewis

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