Before the announcement, stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland was paid on land or property sold for £125,000 or more, while first-time buyers did not pay any stamp duty up to £300,000. But this stamp duty holiday replaces the first-time buyer discount. … [Read more...] about When does the stamp duty holiday end?
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'In light of today's figures, the future of the job retention scheme will need to be reviewed closely. The option of a meaningful extension to the furloughing initiative should be kept open, especially now local lockdowns are a fact of life and a meaningful second spike in coronavirus infections is possible.' … [Read more...] about ‘Unemployment map’ of Britain: Blackpool tops list of twenty areas hit hardest by Covid jobs bloodbath as number of people on UK company payrolls drops 730,000 since lockdown and benefits claims hit 2.7million
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
Ray Fitzwalter was a tenacious journalist who was one of the first to investigate the activities of the Newcastle businessman John Poulson. A move to Granada TV's World in Action programme gave him an opportunity to make a film exposing Poulson's links to government officials and the Conservative cabinet minister, Reginald Maudling. The Independent Broadcasting Authority banned the film without seeing it but it later emerged that four of its members had links to people named in the programme. Poulson and a number of his associates were later jailed. Fitzwalter became editor of World in Action in 1976, commissioning, among other programmes, a series on the Birmingham pub bombings, which helped show the miscarriage of justice which led to the release of the so-called Birmingham Six. He was also responsible for the film in which Matthew Parris, then a Tory MP, was challenged to live for a week on unemployment benefit. He failed. … [Read more...] about Been and Gone: The writer who created The Dirty Dozen