DUBBED the 'Flying Bum' for its distinctive exterior, the Airlander has amazed onlookers for years. But could the distinctive airship soon take holidaymakers under its wing? Here's what we know. The new aircraft has been designed with a luxury market in mind What is Airlander 10? The Airlander 10 was a prototype airship model that retired in January, 2019. The aircraft, which can take off and land from almost any flat surface, reached heights of 7,000ft and speeds of up to 50 knots during its final tests. It was originally developed as a surveillance aircraft for the US army before the programme was cancelled. The airship was then reassembled for civilian use at RAF Cardington in Bedfordshire. When will it launch? After six test flights - some of them chaotic - it was announced that the Airlander 10 would retire in January 2019. But Hybrid Air Vehicles, creators of the airship, says a new model based on the Airlander will take to the skies by the early 2020s. And customers should be … [Read more...] about When will Airlander 10 launch, how long is it and will it be open to passengers?
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Self-employed workers and other self-assessment taxpayers need to get their skates on if they have yet to file their tax return for the 2016-17 tax year, as the deadline is fast approaching on January 31. A tax return is a form on which you report details of your taxable income. HMRC uses the information you provide to work out your tax bill – or whether you are due a refund. The deadline for paper tax returns passed at the end of October. However, you can still file online until the end of next month. While filling out the necessary forms may not be top of your “to-do list” this Christmas, you can’t afford to sit back and do nothing, as if you fail to file and pay the tax owed by January 31, you could face harsh fines. Getting it right Filling in a tax return does require some time and concentration, as it can be easy to make mistake. The good news is, we’ve teamed up with Chas Roy-Chowdhury, tax expert from the Association of Chartered Certified … [Read more...] about How to fill in your tax return and get it right the first time
A 20-year battle to get millions of pounds of wrongly paid tax returned to former Roadchef staff has been won with the help of a Scots MP. Ex-workers at the M8’s Harthill service station in Neil Gray’s constituency were celebrating yesterday, along with thousands of others in the UK A multi-million pound payout is coming after a court decision to repay 4000 ex-workers in the Roadchef Employee Benefit Trust. The trust, set up to help staff benefit from the profits of the firm’s sale, has been in dispute over tax wrongly paid to HMRC by RoadChef’s former boss. Airdrie & Shotts SNP MP Gray led calls in the Commons for the £10million plus interest to be repaid to trustees and was yesterday toasting success. But he warned the campaign was not over, urging the Treasury to honour a commitment that payments to former workers and their beneficiaries must be tax free. Gray said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that the campaign to see money returned but work … [Read more...] about Roadchef staff win 20-year battle to have millions in wrongly paid tax returned
Jessica Dickler CNBC Published 2:00 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 When it comes to retirement savings, a cool $1 million is the gold standard. However, these days, that may not be enough. Depending on where you live, a nest egg of that size will barely last a decade. Considering rising inflation, cost of living and real estate, $1 million stretches a little less every year, according to Andrew DePietro, a research and data analyst at personal finance site GoBankingRates. GoBankingRates compared average expenses for people age 65 and older, including groceries, housing, utilities, transportation and health care, in every state to come up with how long a nest egg of $1 million would really last during retirement. The report did not take into account investment income over that period. The results found that almost every state saw a decrease in the amount of time $1 million will last from the previous year, mostly due to higher costs of living nationwide. More: Ask HR: How can I get my … [Read more...] about How long will $1 million last you in retirement? Report says it depends on the state
The international pecking order is usually defined by economic and military might. That puts the U.S. at the top of the pile, with China gaining fast in second place.But when it comes to tackling long-term global challenges such as climate change, poverty or peacemaking, it’s also vital to identify which leaders are likely to stick around.Whether democrats, dictators or somewhere in between, they’re all balanced atop a shifting ziggurat of potential rivals. And only those with the home front under control are in a position to make meaningful promises for the 2020s or beyond. That’s why France’s Emmanuel Macron can map out a seven-year program for reforming the European Union while Theresa May can’t look beyond the date of Britain’s exit from the bloc next year.So for an alternative take on who really matters in global affairs, we picked 16 countries and analyzed how long their leaders might hold off the palace coups, election defeats or waning powers … [Read more...] about How Long Will the World’s Most Powerful Leaders Last?