Work & family

How to plan a funeral and save money

With the average send-off costing £4,000, letting your loved ones know your preferences – or making your own plan – could save them upset and money.

Ask the Experts: What's the maximum my father can gift me and my sister in this tax year?

Monday, 15 January 2018 | Question and Answer

Everyone has a £3,000 gift allowance a year. This is known as an annual exemption and means that you can give away assets or cash up to a total of £3,000 in a year without incurring inheritance tax.

Council tax in England up 57% in 20 years

Monday, 15 January 2018 | News

Taxpayers in England have experienced a rise in council tax 15 times for every cut made in the last 20 years, according to research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA).

Cost of divorce surpasses £14,500

Thursday, 11 January 2018 | News

The hidden cost of divorce and separation continues to spiral, with UK couples spending an average of £14,561 on legal and lifestyle costs when they break up, according to new research from Aviva.

Rising inflation leaves workers with 10% pay cut

Thursday, 11 January 2018 | News

The effect of rising inflation means workers earned less in real terms in 2017 than they did 10 years earlier.

Money troubles to cause spike in divorces

Monday, 08 January 2018 | News

Financial problems are the most common reason for divorce, ahead of work stress and not spending enough time together, new research from law firm Slater and Gordon has found.

Part-time carer? Ensure you earn state pension entitlement by getting the national insurance credits you’re due

Monday, 08 January 2018 | News

Carers who don’t qualify for carers allowance might not be receiving the national insurance credits (NICs) they are due, which means they could lose out on valuable state pension contributions.

Automated jobs could rise if minimum wage continues to increase

Thursday, 04 January 2018 | News

Increases to the minimum wage could result in more jobs becoming automated, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Top bosses earn more than average annual wage by 4 January 2018

Thursday, 04 January 2018 | News

In just three working days, the typical FTSE 100 chief executive has earned more than the average annual salary of a full-time worker.

Cost of key household bills rocketed in 2017

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | News

Rising energy costs caused average annual household bills to rise by £286 between 2016 and 2017, according to new research.

Millennials set for inheritance boom - when they turn 61

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 | News

Millennials will receive the biggest ‘inheritance boom’ of any post-war generation, but only when they are approaching retirement, analysis by a respected think tank has found.