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£60 million search begins for the next Peppa Pig, Art Attack and Desert Island Discs

I find it a little shocking that the Government has money for this when education and health care are so badly underfunded, but hey ho. Young people may deserve quality television but with many living in poverty, I’d say a decent meal and care are more important. The hunt for […]

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Renters in England can now sue landlords over mouldy, cold or noisy properties – an expert explains

Landlord to the rescue? Shutterstock. Emily Walsh, University of Portsmouth A new law recently came into force, which gives tenants in England greater powers to hold landlords to account over homes which are difficult or dangerous to live in. Before these changes, landlords had only limited obligations to keep properties […]

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Fake Virgin email scam

Thanks to Lucille for sharing this: Fraudsters send fake Virgin Media emails threatening “automatic disconnection” Action Fraud has received over 100 reports about fake emails that purport to be from Virgin Media. The emails threaten the recipient with “automatic disconnection” due to “invalid billing information”. The links in the emails […]

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Changes in the new tax year ahead

Tax changes which come into effect in April will mean 32 million people in the UK see their income tax bill cut compared to 2015-16. This summary lets you know where you can find more information about each of the tax changes. The National Living Wage is going up to […]

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Tax before probate – the changes

The government is proposing to change the current probate fee structure from a flat rate fee to one based on the value of the estate. To get probate the person dealing with the estate must first submit an Inheritance Tax account to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Probate registries won’t normally accept […]

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Investigation into the high cost of funerals

The Competition and Markets Authority is rightly concerned about the effectiveness of competition in the funerals sector and will, therefore, carry out an in-depth market investigation. The investigation will focus on the supply of services by funeral directors and the supply of crematoria services. The CMA’s concerns include: The rise […]

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How to create a study area for your kids

  Every child needs a quiet space within the home to read, write and complete their homework. If you want your child to excel academically, you must create a space within the home for them to study, which should be comfortable, inviting and free from distractions. The space will also […]

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Porsche tops prestige car list – for being untaxed!

Porsche has topped the list of the prestige cars clamped for being untaxed in 2017 to 2018 according to figures released by DVLA today. Make Total clamped and impounded Porsche 199 Abarth 28 Maserati 23 Bentley 20 Cadillac 19 Tesla 10 Triumph 10 Aston Martin 8 Rolls-Royce 8 Ferrari 7 […]

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Clamp down on rogue landlords exploiting students

Rogue private landlords providing poor and substandard living conditions for students will be warned over exploiting learners by the Universities Minister today (25 March), as new regulations now in force give tenants the power to make them face justice in court. I’m glad this is changing, as back in the […]

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Premier League: how English football’s top flight favours fans of London clubs

Dr Anastasios (Tasos) Theofilou, Bournemouth University and Evangelos Kontopantelis, University of Manchester The English Premier League (EPL) is the most successful football league in the world and one of the most successful sports businesses of any kind. But the benefits may be relatively skewed towards people who live in London. […]

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