Summertime garden theft blues cost £400
Opportunistic garden thieves stole an average of £400 of garden furniture from properties in the UK last year.With the sunny days of British summertime almost upon us, homeowners are being warned to protect their homes this year to prevent green-fingered thieved from spoiling their summer.According to Halifax, insurance claims for garden theft tripled between March and August last year, with items including tools, barbecues, bicycles and patio furniture high on the thieves' wish-list."Homeowners can forget to pay as much attention to security outside the house as they do inside," Halifax Home Insurance's senior manager of underwriting, Vicky Emmott said."With many people realising how much value they can add to their property by improving their gardens, there are now rich pickings for thieves, and now is the time to take steps to avoid becoming the next victim," she added.Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Southampton were listed as the top three worst hit areas in the UK, with Wakefield, Nottingham and Newcastle not far behind.
Royal Bank of Scotland ordered to sell off branches
In line with European Union state aid rules, Royal Bank of Scotland is rumoured to be on the verge of receiving a request to reduce the company's UK market share by around one sixth. The situation has evolved because of the significant state aid received from the UK government, something which was paid out before it was rubber stamped by the EU Competition Commissioner, and the market share the co...Read More
Non-Dom Tax Changes Set To Hit A Wider Market
In a move which further undermines the UK government’s taxation policy there are major concerns that the new tax rules brought in to catch ‘non-doms’, and ensure that they pay UK taxes on all income, will impact on a wider market. It looks as though not only will the system be very expensive to run and administer, but the middle classes look like suffering the most. As European...Read More
How do you know that you are paying the correct income tax?
Today's revelation that hundreds of thousands of workers in the UK have received incorrect tax codes for the 2010/11 tax year will have shocked many people. The vast majority of us automatically assume that the information which the revenue sends to our employers and ourselves is correct and does not need to be reviewed or checked. However, how can you be so sure this is the case? While there h...Read More
UK government delays publication of new banking regulations
The UK government has today attracted significant criticism from both opposition parties and those in the UK financial sector. After stripping out the forthcoming financial sector White Paper, the legal framework for new legislation, from the last budget this particularly vital piece of legislation had been expected this week. However, amid claims that there are problems behind the scenes,...
It is now the time to look longer term with your investments?
As we touched on in our ISA post early today, the deluge of negative and depressing headlines in the financial press have effectively turned off many people at looking towards the future. However, as we approach the end of UK tax year it is vital, as it is every year, to ensure that your various allowances are taken where appropriate and you still continue to manage your investments for the medium...Read More