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Government patches up small business loan scheme
Small business

Government patches up small business loan scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, under which the government guarantees 80% of loans made by banks and lenders, are having…
24 Apr 2020
The best savings accounts
Savings

The best savings accounts

If you're not getting much interest on your savings, you may want to consider switching your account. Here are the savings accounts offering the best …
24 Apr 2020
Coronavirus crisis hits occupational pension schemes
Pensions

Coronavirus crisis hits occupational pension schemes

A sharp fall in stocks and bond yields has damaged occupational pensions, endangering benefits.
20 Apr 2020
A list of financial housekeeping to keep you busy during lockdown
Personal finance

A list of financial housekeeping to keep you busy during lockdown

The coronavirus crisis creates the chance to tackle chores such as reviewing our car insurance and lowering inheritance tax bills
20 Apr 2020
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Gated property funds hit income drawdowns
Pensions

Gated property funds hit income drawdowns

Many property fund managers have banned savers from withdrawing money.
17 Apr 2020
What can you do while the housing market is on ice?
Property

What can you do while the housing market is on ice?

Ruth Jackson-Kirby answers a few pressing questions about the current situation in the housing market.
17 Apr 2020
Make the most of the UK's holiday from debt
Personal finance

Make the most of the UK's holiday from debt

Loans and credit card payments may be frozen for three months, but you will still have to cut your borrowing.
14 Apr 2020
Why lockdown makes writing a will almost impossible
Personal finance

Why lockdown makes writing a will almost impossible

The government is exploring ways to relax the rules on writing wills so people can get their affairs in order.
11 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: how are my pension savings affected and what should I do?
Pensions

Coronavirus: how are my pension savings affected and what should I do?

Falling markets will have taken a bite out of your pension savings. Here are the key questions to consider.
7 Apr 2020
Beware: a mortgage holiday is not free cash
Mortgages

Beware: a mortgage holiday is not free cash

You are piling up debt for the future if you pause your mortgage payments, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
6 Apr 2020
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Coronavirus: help for the self-employed
Small business

Coronavirus: help for the self-employed

The government has unveiled new measures for sole traders. But it is complicated – so read the small print carefully.
4 Apr 2020
A few ways to save tax before the end of the tax year
Tax

A few ways to save tax before the end of the tax year

The end of the tax year is nigh. You have until midnight on 5 April to take advantage of various tax allowances or risk losing them.
3 Apr 2020
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FCA proposes credit-card payment freeze and £500 overdraft for all
Personal finance

FCA proposes credit-card payment freeze and £500 overdraft for all

The Financial Conduct Authority has said that loan and credit card repayments could be frozen for three months, while those affected financially by th…
2 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: how to get your money back if your holiday is cancelled
Personal finance

Coronavirus: how to get your money back if your holiday is cancelled

Have you had an upcoming holiday cancelled because of coronavirus? Ruth Jackson-Kirby explains how to get your cash back.
1 Apr 2020
Furlough: what does it mean and how does it affect me?
Small business

Furlough: what does it mean and how does it affect me?

Many companies have “furloughed” employees after they have shut down because of the coronavirus. But what does furlough mean and how does the scheme w…
30 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: what it means for your mortgage or your rent
Mortgages

Coronavirus: what it means for your mortgage or your rent

Ruth Jackson-Kirby looks at all the key questions for owners, renters and landlords affected by the coronavirus crisis.
29 Mar 2020
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Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help
Small business

Coronavirus: where the self-employed can turn for help

Freelancers and the self-employed should check what help they may be eligible for.
27 Mar 2020
The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch
UK Economy

The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch

The chancellor’s £6.5bn bailout of the self employed is welcome. But it has hidden benefits for the taxman, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 Mar 2020
How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees
UK Economy

How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees

The government has acted swiftly to protect the earnings of those in employment, But the self-employed deserve help too. Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
25 Mar 2020
Coronavirus and tax: now isn’t a time to have to worry about money
Tax

Coronavirus and tax: now isn’t a time to have to worry about money

HMRC won’t penalise non-residents who might otherwise have to pay UK tax if they get stuck in the country. That’s going to be expensive, says Merryn S…
24 Mar 2020
Tinkering with the pensions tapering system
Pensions

Tinkering with the pensions tapering system

The problems caused by the annual pension contribution allowance have been partially addressed, says David Prosser.
24 Mar 2020
What you need to know about claiming expenses and tax refunds for working from home
Personal finance

What you need to know about claiming expenses and tax refunds for working from home

The taxman and your employer should help you out with some of the additional expenses homeworking creates. Here’s what you need to know.
20 Mar 2020
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How Covid-19 could affect your mortgage
Mortgages

How Covid-19 could affect your mortgage

The Bank of England's cut in interest rates is good news for many mortgage holders.
20 Mar 2020
What to do if coronavirus has put your holiday on hold
Personal finance

What to do if coronavirus has put your holiday on hold

Coronavirus has wrought havoc with travel plans. Can you get your money back?
18 Mar 2020
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