Charlie Weston is the Personal Finance Editor of the Irish Independent.He campaigns on consumer issues, with a focus on variable mortgage rates, credit unions and high motor insurance premiums. He was first to expose the tracker mortgage scandal.Charlie was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Business Journalists’ Association and Smurfit Business School journalism awards in 2016. He was chosen as Campaigning Journalist of the Year in 2018 and he has won numerous other journalism awards.The country’s foremost personal finance journalist, he features weekly on ‘The Last Word’ on Today FM, and is a regular contributor on RTE radio, Newstalk and regional radio stations.
Can Revolut shake up the car insurance market the way it has revolutionised banking? The super-app has claimed it can undercut existing motor insurers in this market by 30pc. But sky-high compensation claims in this country mean some experts are sceptical about its ability to deliver cheap insurance.
Q Myself and my sister are due to inherit one-third of my late father's residence. My father had a partner, who has been left an exclusive right of residence until she dies. If myself and my sister were to accept a buyout from his partner, how much could we expect to receive from the property value of around €300,000? Also, can you explain to me the percentage rate at which the exclusive right is calculated please?
Q I have been working part-time with the same employer for the last six years. My employer doesn’t offer a work pension scheme. As a part-time employee, will I be able to join an auto-enrolment pension scheme when the system gets up and running? And if so, when can I expect to do so?
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