Latest features affect you and your finances
A look at the latest issues affecting you and your money
Cost of raising a child more expensive than buying a home
The average UK household spends more than a third (38%) of its net income on raising a child.
- HMRC launches digital Personal Tax Accounts Find out what they are and what they’ll mean for you and your tax.
- Remember to file your tax return Tips for getting your tax return in on time.
- Tips for returning unwanted Christmas gifts Before you stuff that oversized Christmas jumper or those novelty socks into the back of a cupboard, why not see if you can exchange them for something useful or turn them into cash instead?
- Millions free to sell their annuity from next April More than five million pensioners will be able to sell their annuity for cash under new rules being introduced in April 2017.
- People starting to find it easier to buy a home The major barriers to buying a home are now at their lowest level for six years, according to a new report.
- Banks paying paltry interest rates are named and shamed by regulator The Financial Conduct Authority says it wants to make it easier for people to switch and compare savings accounts.
- Help to Buy ISAs launch paying up to 4% interest If you’re a first-time buyer, you could get up to £3,000 from the Government towards the cost of your new home with a Help to Buy ISA.
- Highlights of the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement From tax credits to Stamp Duty on second homes, here are the highlights of yesterday’s speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Cost of home insurance dips Buildings and contents insurance is now cheaper than a year ago but a rise in Insurance Premium Tax is likely to cancel out any benefit.
- Will Aid’s Make a Will Month returns this November Find out how to get your will written in exchange for a charity donation
- Funeral costs rise by four times the rate of inflation The average cost of a funeral increased by £140 in the last year, according to Royal London’s National Funeral Cost Index.
- Scottish Power the most complained about energy supplier Customer satisfaction with energy providers varies enormously with four of the six most complained about suppliers being small companies.
- How to get better at managing your household budget The Open University course, ‘Managing My Money’ is free, open to all and about to be aired on radio for the first time.
- Contactless card limit increases today Shoppers can now use their contactless cards to pay for goods and services up to £30.
- House prices go through the roof House prices are at a record high, according to official figures, making it harder than ever for first-time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder.
- Don't forget the tax credits deadline The deadline for completing and returning your tax credits renewal forms is looming. Miss the deadline and your payments will stop.
- Summer Budget 2015: Everything you need to know In the first all-Conservative Budget for 19 years, Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a new National Living Wage, £12 billion of welfare cuts and a raft of other changes.
- New Tax-Free Childcare scheme delayed until 2017 A legal challenge means working parents will have to wait until 2017 before the government’s new Tax-Free Childcare scheme is introduced.
- Barclays launches new ways to pay Now you can use a key fob, wristband or a host of other objects to pay when you shop.
- Post Office to stop selling Premium Bonds National Savings & Investments (NS&I) is to stop selling Premium Bonds in Post Office branches but they’ll still be available online, by post and over the phone.
- Record number of people now saving enough for retirement Over 50% of people now put aside enough money each month to fund their retirement, according to a new report. Find out if you’re one of these people and if not, what you can do to make sure you are.
- Funeral costs rise 10% in Scotland More Scots than ever struggle to meet rising funeral charges.
- House asking prices hit record high Find out how much house prices have risen in your area.
- Identity theft soars with over 80% of all attempts online Identity fraud rose sharply in the first quarter of 2015 and now accounts for around half of all fraud crimes, according to latest figures.