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Finance jargon 'puts off customers'

Only half of women said they understand what an Isa is for, compared with 56% of men

Banks and building societies are driving customers away by bombarding them with financial jargon, research carried out for Treasury-backed body NS&I has found.

BT phone bills poised to climb

BT will increase the price of standard line rental for direct debit customers

BT is alerting millions of customers that it is increasing prices by up to 6.5% in a blow to households struggling with soaring utility bills.

Broadband boost for users on the go

Some 95% of households have at least one mobile phone, 84% have a landline and 82% an internet connection

Islanders will be able to access superfast broadband on the move from next year after licences were granted to the Island's three telecoms companies to provide revolutionary 4G networks.

Passengers stopped in duty-free seizures

Steven Le Marquand, director of legal status and revenue at the Customs and Immigration Service

Two temporary customs officers have stopped nearly 1,000 people and prevented the Treasury department from losing almost £3,000 in duty payments in their first two weeks in the job.

Jersey 'commited to fighting financial crime'

Delegates at the conference held at the Radisson Hotel

Some of America's most senior crime fighters have been told that Jersey is 'deadly serious' about tackling financial crime and making its contribution towards international efforts to catch those responsible.

£1.2bn profit for finance industry

Jersey's chief statistician Duncan Gibaut

The Island's finance industry last year achieved £1.2 billion net profit – for the third year running – according to a survey released today.

Work fee 'is too high' for summer staff

. Ian Barnes, Jersey Hospitality Association president.

Tourism bosses say seasonal workers are being discriminated against by having to pay a £75 fee for a registration card that allows them to work in the Island when others get it cheaper or for free.

Iraq crisis could drive up Island oil prices

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OIL prices could rise in Jersey following a violent invasion of Iraq by ultra-extremist insurgents who have captured of one of the country's main refineries, an Island supplier has warned.

'Cut red tape to support small firms'

Chamber of Commerce president James Filleul

THE bureaucratic burden on small businesses needs to be slashed to help them prosper and keep Islanders in jobs, according to the Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

GP billing system is firmly on NHS radar

Danny Bannister, chief executive officer of the Total Solutions Group

Progress is being made in exporting a Jersey-developed product into the UK National Health Service has received a profile boost from a leading UK company in the sector.