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Skipton Building Society launches new ISA range; M&S expands pet insurance offering; Three announces new tariffs.


Skipton Building Society has launched a new Fixed Rate ISA range which sees interest rates increased on its one, two and three year products. The ISAs now offer interest rates of 1.60 per cent, 1.85 per cent and 2.25 per cent, respectively.

The society has also launched a new range of branch and online Fixed Rate Bonds, paying up to 3 per cent.

Personal Loans

Sainsbury’s Bank has reduced the interest rate to 4.5 per cent on standard personal loans of between £7,000 and £15,000, available on a repayment term of four to five years. Those with Nectar Cards, or borrowing over one to three years, could receive a rate of 4.4 per cent. The rate is available until 28 March.

Hitachi Personal Finance has announced its lowest ever loan rate of 4.5 per cent APR for both new and existing customers. The new rate will become available on Monday 24 March. It will apply to loans between £7,500 and £10,000 taken over two to five years.

Hitachi has also reduced rates for smaller loans to 5.6 per cent on loans between £5,000 and £7,499 taken over three to five years.


M&S Bank has expanded its pet insurance offering with the launch of its ‘Essential’ policy, which covers the cost of treating an injury or illness up to a maximum of £3,000 for each condition for up to 12 months. The policy also covers up to £500 for complementary treatments (should your pet require chiropractic manipulation or hydrotherapy) and some costs associated with recovering lost pets.

Sainsbury’s is offering existing car insurance customers up to 10 per cent off of Sainsbury’s home insurance when applying online or over the phone for a quote. The discount is in addition to existing home insurance offers, including 30 per cent off if you have 5 years claim-free.

Mobile Phone Tariffs

Three has announced tariff changes for new customers. While calls to 0800, 0808 and 0500 numbers are now free-and only 5p a minute for other 08 numbers – the new plans no longer come with unlimited tethering. New customers signing up to an unlimited data plan will only get 2GB of tethering included. Existing customers are unaffected by the new tariffs.

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