EU ruling to send car insurance costs for young women up 300

Young women's car insurance 'will rise' by 300 today – but men could see a 180 drop as EU gender ruling hits Young female drivers will see premiums increase by roughly 24%But young male drivers will see them decrease by 9%Pricing from individual insurers will become clearer in the coming months | UPDATED: 16:35 GMT, 21 December 2012 Young female drivers will bear the brunt of new European rules which come into force today and could deliver a 300 increase to their average cost of car insurance. A change to the rules means it is now illegal for insurers to set prices according to gender – and young women are set to be hit hardest. This is despite the fact that young females are statistically safe drivers – young men are twice as likely to suffer a serious collision, according to the AA

More than four in ten firms set up since start of credi crunch in 2008 have folded – and the survival rate is getting worse

More than four in ten firms set up since start of credit crunch in 2008 have folded – and the survival rate is getting worseNearly one million firms shut down between 2008 and 2011The high street has also suffered particularly badly in the last few years the research says | UPDATED: 23:26 GMT, 13 December 2012 More than four in ten firms created since the credit crunch crisis in 2008 had gone out of business by 2011 – and the survival rate is getting worse.