SELF-CONSCIOUS Brits finally stop worrying about what other people think of them at the age of 46. A study of 2,000 adults aged 55 and over found they also don't feel comfortable in their own skin until they turn 42 and aren't content in their careers until the ripe old age of 40. When it comes to relationships though, adults are settled by the age of 37. But while men are satisfied with the way they look by the time they reach 34, it takes the typical woman more than two years longer than that to feel happy with their own appearance. It also emerged that as a result of feeling comfortable in their own skin and Victoria Betts from shoe brand Hotter.com, which commissioned the research, said: “Feeling comfort is crucial to being happy in life. “But there are so many different areas in life to feel comfortable in, and it’s no wonder it takes Brits until their 40s to tick them all off. “Our results found nearly seven in 10 adults think it’s important that people … [Read more...] about Self-conscious Brits finally stop worrying about what other people think of them at the age of 46, survey reveals
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A teenager has discovered first hand why it's important to view a property before signing the lease, after she accidentally found herself living in a retirement village. Madison Kohout , 19, found the two-bedroom apartment online, ahead of a move from Oklahoma to Arkansas, but it wasn't until after she arrived that she realised exactly what she had signed up for. In fact, the teen lived in her new home for a week, confused as to why all her neighbours were over the age of 65, before she stumbled across a sign explaining she was actually in a senior living community. Madison took to TikTok, where she shared her blunder with her followers, showing a clip of her browsing for apartments on her laptop, before posing in front of a sign, which reads: "Senior Citizens Apartments." The clip, which has since been viewed millions of times, prompted the 19-year-old to film another video, detailing how her life in a retirement village was going so far. "How is life at the old … [Read more...] about Teen accidentally moves into retirement village after signing lease without viewing property
STATE pension payments will be something you receive if you've reached a certain age in later life. The state pension is different to your workplace or a private pension , and when you can start receiving the pay-out depends 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 £175.60 per week, but the actual money you get will depend on your National Insurance record. If you've accrued NICs under both the old and new … [Read more...] about How can I check my state pension and what age can I claim it?
A sequel to The Flintstones is officially being developed by Fox Entertainment. Titled Bedrock , the new animated series will revisit the Flintstone family two decades after the events of the original show. The Stone Age is about to be replaced by an enlightened new Bronze Age . Fred Flintstone faces retirement, while his daughter, Pebbles, is now a 20-year-old embarking on her own career. Elizabeth Banks, star and director of Charlie's Angels (2019), is an executive producer of the show and will star as Pebbles' voice. "Long before the Simpsons and Springfield, the Griffins and Quahog or even when the Belchers started serving burgers on Ocean Avenue, there were the Flintstones and Bedrock," said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, in a statement. "Their imprint on the animation universe is undeniable and the idea of adapting it for today's audience is a challenge." "No pressure whatsoever, really," he quipped, in reference to the … [Read more...] about New ‘Flintstones’ sequel series in the works
A pay rise is likely to be off the cards for many workers this year as Covid continues to bite – but there may be a way to make your earnings stretch that bit further in years to come. That’s through auto-enrolment, the scheme introduced in 2012 to help people save for their retirement through their wages – and if you’re on the scheme, your employer has to legally contribute. The topic was the theme of Martin Lewis’s blog this week as he warned millions of people under 22, over 66 and earning less than £10,000 might be able to get a pay boost, despite the pandemic. “If you're under 22 or on a low income, a pension is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but what if I were to tell you there's a totally legal way, that doesn't need any negotiation, to make your employer pay you more money – possibly £1,000s over the years?” he explained. Workers in the UK aged between 22 and state pension age are automatically enrolled into their workplace pension by law – providing … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis explains how people on low incomes can earn a ‘hidden’ pay rise