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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July, 2005, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Age discrimination
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Age discrimination will be banned from October 2006
BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 16 July, 2005 at 1204 BST.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 17 July, 2005, at 2102 BST.

New measures have been announced to outlaw age discrimination.

Money Box outlined how the rules work and heard reaction from Andrew Harrop of Age Concern and Malcolm McLean of the Pensions Advisory Service.

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Post Office

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The Post Office's application to join the LINK network has failed

The Post Office has failed in its application to join LINK, the organisation that runs the UK's cash machine network.

It means that most customers of some big banks will still not be able to use their cards for free cash withdrawals at Post Office counters. These include HSBC, Halifax Bank Of Scotland and Nat West

Meanwhile, the Post Office has reached a deal with Bank of Ireland to increase the number of free cash dispensing machines in its branches to 1,000.

We talked to Graham Halliday, Director of Banking and Financial Services at the Post Office.

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National Grid Transco shares

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Transco shareholders must return election forms by 5 August 2005

There is confusion among some of the 1.2 million small shareholders due to get cash back from National Grid Transco (NGT).

NGT aims to return 2 billion to shareholders, following the sale of four gas distribution networks for 5.8 billion.

Shareholders should have received election forms which they must complete and return to say how they would like to receive the cash.

To be valid, paperwork must be returned by 1630 BST on 5 August, 2005.

We spoke to Malcolm Cooper, Head of Treasury at NGT.

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Stock markets and investments

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Is now a good time to invest in shares?

Stock markets around the world have fared very differently this year.

Money Box asked whether the advances in share values in the UK could continue and why UK markets are no longer closely following US movements.

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Other news

Eight out of 10 of the 2.2 million households with endowment mortgages are facing an average shortfall of 7,200, Financial Services Authority research has shown.

However, the FSA added that around two thirds of these people have taken action to deal with the problem.

Around 700,000 households have failed to address the shortfall, although some have said they plan to.

The financial regulator has warned financial firms that claims for mis-sold endowments are likely to grow over the next year and they should deal with them "fairly, effectively and promptly", something that has not always happened up to now.

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Chris A'Court

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