ITV is in the process of making a crime drama focused on canoe accident conman John Darwin. The former teacher faked his death for insurance money and the channel will tell his story in the form of a compelling series on the small screen. Chris Lang, who wrote another ITV drama Unforgotten, has already penned the four-part series, titled The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe. Filming for the show is set to begin this spring and Lang thoroughly enjoyed writing the series. He shared: "If I’d tried to sell this project as an original story, it would never have got further than the pitch. "'It’s just too far-fetched, 'Chris, no-one would ever believe that any of that could actually have happened,' except it did. All of it. And I loved writing every single word.” ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill added: “This is an extraordinary story of deception within a very ordinary family. Chris has written brilliant scripts about the heart-breaking cost of this elaborate lie. "I am so … [Read more...] about ITV making true crime drama about canoe accident conman John Darwin – who faked his own death for insurance money
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THE state pension is a regular payment most people claim when they reach a certain age in later life. It's different to your workplace or a private pension , with the time you can apply for it depending on when you were born. In May 2014, the government changed how the state pension system works , with the goal of making it simpler. In order to get a state pension you need to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs), and have built up a minimum number of years' worth. How much is the state pension? Men born on or after April 6, 1951, or women born on or after April 6, 1953, will be able to claim the new state pension. For those who reached the state pension age before April 6, 2016, you’ll be getting the old state pension, known as the basic state pension. The full new state pension is £175.20 per week , while the previous full basic state pension was £134.25 per week. If you've accrued NICs under both the old and new pensions, you'll receive a state … [Read more...] about How much is my state pension and what age can I claim it?
THOUSANDS of pension savers are overestimating their future retirement pot by as much as £50,000. Research from consumer group Which? highlights how a worrying number of people don’t know much money they’ll get from their state pension . In some cases, savers are expecting up to £50,000 more than they’ll actually get, which could cause them money difficulties in later life. It also means some people could be saving far less than they need to in their private pensions, due to thinking that they’ll be getting a larger sum from the government. Which? found three in 10 people are overestimating their future state pension payments. In the biggest of pension gaps, one in 10 savers thought the state pension is worth £200 a week or £10,400 a year on average. What are the different types of pension? WE round-up the main types of pension and how they differ: Personal pension or self-invested personal pension (Sipp) - This is probably the most flexible type … [Read more...] about Simple pension pot error could leave you with £50,000 less than expected
It was an ordinary Wednesday morning when I woke up on 13 March, 1996. It was snowing and I shivered as I pulled on my red school uniform sweater. We’d moved to Scotland three years earlier – my mum, my stepdad and my 11-year-old brother Joe. I loved my school. I was a happy-go-lucky kid and very settled. Dunblane was a safe, close-knit community. Neighbours were friendly and Joe and I had the freedom to play in the park and walk to school by ourselves. After we’d waved Mum goodbye at home, we walked the short distance to school and Joe went off to his class, which was in a prefab structure on the site, and I went to mine, Primary Four, which was a classroom in the main building. The school had a large gym in the middle and a big field at the back. It was coming up to 9.30am and our class was walking through a corridor to the music room, called the “GP room”, to practise singing for a big assembly later that week. But something wasn’t right. I was standing next to my … [Read more...] about ‘I tried to take my life after Dunblane horror – but now I have my happy family’
Boris Johnson has left the door open to U-turning over the paltry 1% pay rise for NHS staff after fury from thousands of nurses. The Prime Minister stressed the process was still ongoing as he was grilled on a visit to an NHS vaccine centre in north London. It now means Mr Johnson and Gavin Williamson have both failed to rule out U-turning - and implementing a higher pay rise - after an independent review body reports back later this year. Asked if he could look nurses in the eye over the paltry sum, or whether a U-turn was possible, Mr Johnson told reporters: "I’m massively grateful to all NHS staff and indeed social care workers who’ve been heroic throughout the pandemic. “What we’ve done is tried to give them as much as we can at the present time. The independent pay review body will obviously look at what we’ve proposed and come back.” Nursing unions have set up a fighting fund for possible strike action after the below-inflation rise emerged in government documents on … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson opens door to NHS pay rise U-turn – as even Tory voters demand it