Which? Money weekly podcast, 06 July 2011
- Victory for consumers as the OFT upholds our super complaint on card surcharges
- Private medical insurance: is it worth paying for?
- What to do if a company you've paid money to goes bust
This week: card surcharges, PMI and your rights when shops go bust
In today's podcast, we're thrilled to report that our super complaint to the Office of Fair Trading on credit and debit card fees has been upheld. After a campaign supported by tens of thousands of consumers, the OFT has said it will seek to end the practice of unexpected surcharges being added to people's bills when they pay for things as diverse as budget flights, local authority services and train tickets by credit or debit card. James Daley explains what the decision will mean for shoppers, and extends our thanks to those of you who supported Which? in achieving this positive change for consumers.
Elsewhere this week, we take a look at private medical insurance. Many Which? members have it, but do they consider it good value for money? Which? Money expert Ian Robinson explains how to ensure your PMI policy is right for you, and offers top tips for tracking down a deal that offers quality cover at an affordable price.
Finally, this week's money saving tip should help anyone who's been affected by the recent spate of high street shops going bust. If you've been hit by the demise of Habitat, TJ Hughes, Jane Norman or Homeform Group, be sure to tune in - and for those of you who haven't lost out, find out how you could avoid losing money should a business you're dealing with go under.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Consumer victory as OFT upholds Which? super complaint
- Have your say on the OFT's decision: join the Which? Conversation
- Which? Guide to choosing private medical insurance
- Which? Health insurance review
- Your rights when companies go bust