Stamp duty holiday: The winners and the losers House prices 'fall for first time in eight years' Nationwide caps mortgage lending due to virus What has changed?The government has temporarily increased the stamp duty threshold to £500,000 for property sales in England and Northern Ireland, until 31 March 2021, … [Read more...] about When does the stamp duty holiday end?
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A spokesman for the Reconnecting Oxford campaign group said: 'We're opposing the bus gates because they stop a very large percentage of Oxford residents and businesses from being able to drive a short distance across town, to where many of the city's out-of-town retail parks, builders' merchants, supermarkets and car rental places are based.' … [Read more...] about Battle over Gridlock Britain: Motorists are facing delays caused by more than 1,300 roadworks as councils build cycle lanes and widen pavements to get people off public transport during pandemic
The Met Office is predicting: 'Still hot in the south but less so for many, particularly in the east. Breezier and cloudier in northern parts. Areas of thundery rain over the south during the day. … [Read more...] about Thunderstorm warnings are issued across UK as nation braces for flash flooding and up to 6ins of rain while forecasters predict no end to scorching heatwave with temperatures set to hit 96F
Rachel Johnson was the last survivor of the population of the archipelago of St Kilda off the west coast of Scotland. The islands had been continuously occupied for thousands of years, with the population raising sheep and cattle, growing crops and supplementing their diet with seabirds. As a child she was sent to gather birds' eggs and seaweed. In 1930, the last few residents were moved to the mainland after life became just too difficult. Rachel, who was eight when she left her home, finally settled in Clydebank although, unlike some of her contemporaries, she did return to her birthplace on a number of occasions, including the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the evacuation. Her son Ronnie said: "If you asked her about St Kilda, she would look at you and smile. It was a very hard life on St Kilda, but there was a great sense of community." … [Read more...] about Been and Gone: The writer who created The Dirty Dozen
Sunak to give firms £1,000 cash bonus to hire trainees UK firms slash more than 12,000 jobs in two days While the chancellor announced that firms in England will receive cash bonuses for hiring new apprentices from 1 August, Emma-Jayne feels she's being "overlooked". … [Read more...] about Rishi Sunak’s Summer statement: ‘We’ve been overlooked’