UK holidays are jumping in price due to demand, with some costing as much as £600 more following the lockdown announcement. Yesterday, Boris Johnson confirmed that self-catered holidays could go ahead from April 12 , following by hotels from May 17. While there are still restrictions in place - one household only in April, rising to two households on holiday from May - it has already resulted in a huge rush to book in a holiday. Sykes Holiday Cottage bookings were up 150 per cent year-on-year with a booking taken every eight seconds after the PM's announcement, while Away resorts saw bookings up 243 per cent compared to last year. According to research team Mitel , domestic holidays are expected to hit a 10-year high, with Brits to spend more than £7bn - up £5.8bn in 2019. However, this has also led to soaring prices, as happens when demand goes when capacity is limited. A number of people who booked their holidays after the announcement have been complaining on … [Read more...] about UK holiday prices jump 100% & families face paying thousands more – but there are still decent deals to be had
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A couple has doubled the value of their £1million country home by embarking on an extensive home makeover without blowing money as they find bargains on ebay and auction sites. Tracey Gill and her husband spent £360,000 on stunning renovations that have transformed their East Sussex village house from a nondescript property to one that is beautiful, lighter and brighter. The house, which was bought for £1.025million in 2016, has now been revalued at between £1.8million and £2million. The couple spent 18 months transforming the rural property into a dream home with beautiful design and decor. Tracy said: “My husband gave me the brief when house hunting to find a house ripe for transformation in the prettiest location. “I knew I could change any house we bought so the important factor was the land and location.” She said the house they bought was “covered in cream pebble dash with concrete roof tiles, dark rooms, artexed walls and low ceilings” which was an issue for her … [Read more...] about Couple double value of their home with stunning £360k makeover – and now it’s worth £2m
An aspiring rapper accused of plotting a terrorist attack using a gladiator-style sword founded an agricultural charity and was studying Alan Titchmarsh gardening videos, he has told a jury. Sahayb Abu has admitted buying the 18in sword, a knife, a combat vest, balaclavas and gloves before his arrest on 9 July last year - but denied he was preparing for a terror strike during the pandemic. The 27-year-old, from Dagenham in east London, told the court the items were "props" for a rap video. Sahayb said he had founded a charity called Islamic Growth to provide irrigation for crops in Somalia and wanted to be a vegetable farmer. But he first needed to become famous in order to get the money and the attention for his cause and was planning to launch a parody drill rap act on TikTok. Advertisement He recorded a rap in which he said: "Allah arrest him, my shank [knife] penetrate ya, got my suicide vest, one click boom and I'll see you later." In … [Read more...] about Sahayb Abu trial: Alleged terror plotter tells court he was studying Alan Titchmarsh gardening videos
Teenagers could be in line for an average windfall of £2,000 after it was revealed that £400 million is lying unclaimed from child trust fund (CTF) pots. Around 6.3million CTFs have been set up since their launch in 2002, according to HMRC, and the first batch of accounts started maturing last year. But new figures, reported in the Daily Mail , have revealed that £400 million of the savings have still not been claimed. Around 200,000 CTFs have not been cashed-in, worth an average of £2,000. In many cases, a teenager may not know they are entitled to the cash. Roughly 4.5million CTFs were opened by parents or guardians, but 1.8million have been set up by HMRC when parents failed to do so, which means these kids could be in line for a hidden windfall. The accounts can only be accessed once the child it was opened for reaches age 18, so some teenagers may not know there is a CTF with their name on it. What is a child trust fund? CTFs were a government initiative … [Read more...] about Millions of teens sitting on £400m in Child Trust Funds – could you get up to £2,000?
♈ ARIES March 21 to April 20 Try to sew up family agreements in the morning, as Pluto’s influence may try to push people apart – but your love is stronger. Later in the day a moon of pure creative pleasure shows you an activity or interest that clicks instantly – and fits your personal skill set perfectly. Love is all around, so look again at "P". ♉ TAURUS April 21 to May 21 Perhaps you are trying to talk yourself out of taking a big step, signing up for something new. And this keeps you stuck. Break free by trusting your own judgment and ability to make things work. The rest can follow. In love terms, beware of too much, too soon. Pace passion to enjoy the experience, together. ♊ GEMINI May 22 to June 21 Gather together all the information you need to make a love, or work, case for yourself. Then share it, in positive ways. Two sides that seem so far apart can find many ways to be close again. Your learning zone is lit up until … [Read more...] about Horoscope today, Wednesday February 24: Daily guide to what your star sign has in store for your zodiac dates