Could your finances withstand rising mortgage rates?

Lenders have been raising their fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks - so here's what you need to consider and how you can still bag a good deal.

Residents on Grange Park are struggling to cross Poulton Road to get to the post office at the Texaco garage.  Pictured is Terry Bennett

Blackpool pensioners make 1.5-mile detour rather than cross busy road

Scared pensioners are choosing to go on mile-and-a-half detour by bus to get to a post office rather than walk 30 FEET across a road amid fears they will get knocked over.

View from the base of St Walburges church steeple, looking down on Fylde Junction and the northern exit from Preston station in July 2009. This area was the site of the old Preston steam loco shed which was destroyed by fire in 1961

Lancashire's railways through the lens

Train lover Martyn Hilbert has been capturing life on Lancashire’s railways on camera since the 1970s.

Networks are overcharging loyal customers an average 22 a month

Some of largest mobile phone providers 'routinely overcharging loyal customers'

Loyal mobile phone customers are being charged up to £38 a month for handsets they have already paid for if they remain on expired fixed deals, a consumer group has warned.

The cost of childcare for young children has increased up to seven times faster than wages

Wages not keeping pace with 'spiralling' cost of childcare

The cost of childcare for young children has increased up to seven times faster than wages over the past few years, a new study reveals.

The money is designated as a cost recovery fee to reimburse police forces

Money collected by police from speeding drivers on courses rises by nearly a third

The amount of money police forces in England and Wales receive from drivers attending speed awareness courses has jumped by almost a third.

Above pictured are Robert Hassall, David Brady coun Gillian Campbell, Dean Earnshaw and Thomas Platt. Left, Georgina Hewlitt-Leigh. Right, litter.

The cost of dropping rubbish in Blackpool reaches £48k

A crackdown on litter louts in Blackpool has seen more than 600 people pay fines totalling at least £48,000 for dropping rubbish.

European workers are leaving the NHS

Rise in the numbers of EU workers leaving the NHS

European workers are leaving the NHS at a higher rate since the Brexit vote, new data has revealed.
Preston Magistrates' Court

Judge’s blast at anti-fracking protesters from the Fylde

Anti-fracking campaigners from the Fylde had to be physically cut away from a plastic pipe during a heated protest at the gates of an industrial site.

Many would like to see tougher action against those who cycle aggressively

Tougher penalties backed for those who break rules of the road, survey shows

Four out of five people would back tougher penalties for all road users, including cyclists, who break the rules of the road, a new study shows.

Traffic jams on the UK's major roads could reach a peak next month

Traffic jams on major roads expected to hit peak in November

Traffic jams on the UK's major roads could reach a peak next month, new figures show.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower operator Merlin Entertainments shares fall after poor figures

Blackpool Tower operator Merlin Entertainments saw its shares plunge by a fifth as peak summer trading woes after UK terror attacks took the shine off a worldwide Peppa Pig deal.

The GLC model is one of many affected

Air bag concerns force Mercedes-Benz recall

Hundreds of thousands of Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK are being recalled over air bag concerns.
Rivington Services

Revealed: The best and worst motorway service areas

Transport Focus surveyed customers at England's 112 motorway service areas.

Nelcon Hotel on Palatine Road

Your views: ‘If you can’t take criticism get out of the industry’

It was the most read story on The Gazette’s website all week – and it was hardly surprising it would spark a huge response.

There is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents

New laws propose two weeks paid leave for parents after death of child

Workers who have suffered the death of a child will benefit from fresh paid leave allowances under proposed new laws.

Do you have a short fuse behind the wheel

Seven types of bad driver revealed

Bad drivers are the bane of every motorist’s life but now a new study claims poor drivers always fall into one of seven categories - so do you recognise them?

Work will begin on the three-mile section, beginning at this roundabout, next month

A583 speed cameras between Blackpool and Preston hit by delays

Work to install average speed cameras on a shortened section of the A583 between Blackpool and Preston is due to start soon – more than a month late.
Sick pets can be covered by family sick leave

Woman wins right to use family sick leave to care for dog

An Italian librarian has won the right to use family sick leave to care for her ailing dog.
The north west supermarket is branching out

AmazonFresh launches Booths products for customers

AmazonFresh shoppers can now order groceries from north of England-based supermarket chain Booths in the latest stage of the online giant's expansion into the market.

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