MILLIONS of households were hit with a council tax increase last April, taking the average bill in the UK to more than £1,600 a year, an increase of nearly £80. It can be tricky to keep on top of exactly how much tax you should be paying – and if you're in the wrong band, you might be owed money. Here's all you need to know. What are the council tax bands in England, Scotland and Wales and how can I check mine? The council tax band system was introduced in 1991, with each home in the UK assigned a band according to the estimated value of their home at the time. Band A represents the lowest value of a home (properties worth up to £40,000), while band H (I in Wales) represents the highest value (properties worth more than £320,000). You can check your council tax band here, but a £300,000 house in England, for instance, would be "Band G". In Wales it would also be "Band G", while in Scotland a £300,000 would be "Band H". Northern … [Read more...] about What’s my council tax band, how can I claim a refund, who’s exempt from paying and how can I challenge my band?
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Police are concerned for the welfare of a 46-year-old missing man from Ivybridge. Jason Kerswell was last seen on Tuesday, April 17. He is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, and of a large-stocky build. He has short grey hair and grey stubble. Jason was last seen wearing blue jogging bottoms, a blue T-shirt, a grey hoodie and black trainers. A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police are concerned for Jason’s welfare and need to locate him.” Police ask if you see Jason, do not make him aware and call 101, quoting log 639 of April 17. What to do if someone goes missing? It is a traumatic experience when a person goes missing. Fortunately, most people return or are found within 48 hours. However, sometimes this is not the case. When should I report a person missing? You should report a missing person to the police if: The person is a child The person is a vulnerable adult The person has been detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act or are … [Read more...] about Police are searching for missing Ivybridge man
THESE days, it’s never been so important to be digitally savvy and have a strong online presence. That’s why SEO consultant and trainer Craig Campbell is helping others become more visible in the cyber world. Here, the 37-year-old, from Glasgow, tells us about his working day at the business he started eight years ago. Can you tell us about being an SEO expert and what exactly that means? SEO stands for “search engine optimisation” but for anyone who is still unsure, it’s basically my job to get websites more traffic by getting them ranking well for their keywords on Google. It’s probably one of the most popular online marketing services out there at the moment. Why is SEO so important to businesses? Regardless of the business type, most people search on their laptops, mobiles, or whatever device they have, to look for products and services. So, it’s vital for any business to get online exposure as it is the best place to advertise. The days … [Read more...] about How businesses are searching for optimum success with SEO training
By Colm BoohigWork and lifestyle attract the masses to the capital – accommodation sends you packing.January 5th, 2018. An email arrived from our trusted landlady saying that our apartment, located in south Dublin, was being sold. Happy New Year. My partner and I wanted desperately to stay and so we, with an overdue attempt at finally planting our feet on the property ladder, made an offer to become owners.This bid transpired to be laughable when compared to the prospective buyer’s tangible interest.The apartment was eventually purchased in cash – our offer completely trumped. The buyer never viewed the apartment and we never stood a chance.We, like countless others living in Dublin for greater opportunity, were back on the wrong side of the rental market and at its mercy. It was bad in August 2016, the last time we needed a new home, but the start of 2018 brought with it an alarming reality. Supply, it seemed, had never been so subservient to demand. We gulped and … [Read more...] about ‘Unless you know someone, you’ll be searching for weeks’
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more membership exclusives here. If there's no guide book to parenting, there's definitely no guide book to parenting as an immigrant in Sweden. Sure, there's tons of advice to be found. Practical resources are also usually available. And, of course, there are numerous groups for immigrants and expats. These are all great and valuable tools for some of the practical and emotional aspects of parenting, but when it comes to the immediate realities I am confronted with every day as an immigrant parent, I’ve found they have limited usefulness. I'm talking about the things I take for granted; the daily activities I assume I am well-versed in until I realize I've never done them in Sweden. Recognizing that my own notions of "how things are done" often have to be thrown out the window can be hard enough. Unraveling how it is done here – sometimes without anything or anyone to guide or instruct me – can make the … [Read more...] about Want to know how to be a super-successful immigrant parent in Sweden? So do I…