Who will fact check for you before and after referenda and elections? Who will tell you that 6,000 people need repeat smear tests? Mark Zuckerberg?, writes Joyce Fegan.I WENT to college with a girl whose mother did not believe in couples living together before marriage.“Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free?” was the nuts and bolts of her mother’s argument. Romance aside, it’s a bit like our rocky relationship with news. Whether you think you have one or not, you do.You might be a purchaser of newspapers, if only on a Sunday. You could have a monthly subscription to a news site. You perhaps only consume online news that’s available to you for free, save for the time it took to skim read the site’s headlines.Maybe you don’t fit into any of these three categories and you’re one of those people who say: “Oh, I never read the news, it’s too negative.” Chances are though, that a meme about Donald Trump or a video … [Read more...] about Journalism or social media? The decision is yours
Should couples live together before marriage
PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 16 August 2018 Jo Malone Stephen Williams and Francesca Easter of Ashtons Legal. Picture Dave Richardson BIGPHATPHOTOS Living together or planning to get married - why wouldn’t you talk about money? Each person needs to make a full and frank disclosure of thier financial situation. Picture Getty ImagesUntangling the web of who gets what if a couple separates can be almost unbearably complicated.What happens to the money parents lent to help their child buy a house?If they want it paying back, do both halves of the couple owe money or just their child?If the house is sold, is the parents’ money part of their child’s share?Each partner will discuss the agreement with their own solicitor. Picture Getty ImagesIf one half of the couple brought considerably more money to the household, will it be considered ‘joint’ money to be shared evenly if they split?What about his collection of … [Read more...] about When should you get a living together agreement?
The number of adults moving back in with their parents to save money in the UK has soared to 4.5million. New figures from MoneySupermarket show that it's now becoming very common for young people, and sometimes couples, in their twenties to move into the family home. Rent prices have risen sharply whilst wages have dropped and the idea of buying a home is getting further out of reach for many. So, although it's not an ideal step, moving back in with parents is the compromise that many young adults are choosing to make as they look to step on to the property ladder eventually themselves. Rob and Lianne from London are one couple who have done exactly that. "We were fed up with shelling out for the expensive rent in our West London property, while trying to get a deposit together for our first home," said Rob, who moved in with Lianne's parents. "We discussed contributing to rent when we first moved in, but Lianne's parents decided not to charge us any, which was extremely generous … [Read more...] about How much rent should you be paying your parents?
Moving home to live with your parents - or your partner's parents - is not something you do lightly. But - with soaring rents, stagnant wages and buying a home still beyond the reach of most 20-somethings - it's becoming far more common. Figures from MoneySupermarket show that there are now 4.5million people who have moved back in with their parents as adults to save money. "We were fed up with shelling out for the expensive rent in our West London property, while trying to get a deposit together for our first home," said Rob, who moved in with his partner Lianne's parents. "We discussed contributing to rent when we first moved in, but Lianne's parents decided not to charge us any, which was extremely generous of them." Rob said they did their best to help out - and spent more on their commute thanks to the move - but overall they saved a lot. He added: "After nine months, we had managed to save enough for a deposit on our own place, just down the road." But how much is it costing … [Read more...] about How much rent you should pay your parents as 4.5m people move back home
Thousands of people in Coventry and Warwickshire risk leaving financial troubles behind for their loved ones because they have not written a will. Six out of ten people fail to make a will, according to Coventry solicitors Brindley Twist Tafft & James, and for some the consequences can be devastating. Children of first marriages, for example, can find they inherit nothing if one of their divorced parents remarries then dies before their second spouse. Only if they are specifically mentioned in a will are they entitled to anything. Equally distressingly, couples who live together without being married or in a civil partnership, do not automatically inherit unless there is a will. If an unmarried couple has children, and one of them dies without making a will, it is the children rather than the surviving partner that will inherit. This can leave the surviving partner in a very difficult position, especially if the children are under 18. Read More Jobs “If you die without a … [Read more...] about The devastating consequences of not writing a will before you die