The family home allowance has increased each year since its introduction in 2017. In the 2020-21 tax year the final increase will be up to £175,000. Combined with the standard threshold of £325,000, it means many families will not pay IHT on estates worth less than £500,000, while couples will be able to leave estates worth up to £1m before IHT kicks in. … [Read more...] about April is the start of the tax year. How will the changes affect me?
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Every day we get one big figure for deaths occurring in the UK. Everyone jumps on this number, taking it to be the latest toll. However NHS England figures – which currently make up the bulk of UK deaths – in fact reflect the day on which the death was reported, not the actual date of death, which is usually days, sometimes weeks, before it appears in the figures. … [Read more...] about Why what we think we know about the UK’s coronavirus death toll is wrong
As of Friday, the total number of confirmed cases across the country stood at 81,639, including 19 new infections, the National Health Commission said. Eighteen of the new cases involved travellers arriving from abroad. The remaining one new infection was a local case in Wuhan, a patient who was previously asymptomatic. … [Read more...] about China mourns Covid-19 whistleblowers as Trump dismisses US face mask advice
3. The banks have to offer it. Before coronavirus, banks were under no obligation to even have payment holiday processes in place. Now they do, and most will offer it – although not to everybody. They know from your original mortgage application what your job and pay is, and may reject you if you are still earning. One broker told me this week a doctor and his partner (also a medic) were refused a payment holiday – because the bank said they were both evidently in work and not furloughed. … [Read more...] about Are mortgage payment holidays really a good idea?
“Escapism” is an operative word when you’re hunkered down under quarantine and surveying your home viewing options, but how you interpret that is up to you. Many will opt for fiction and fantasy, for the furthest possible reaches from the glum news of the moment. Yet documentary films have their place in this comfort system too: they may not take you to another universe entirely, but at a time when a single global crisis unavoidably consumes all media attention and almost all personal conversation, the window they provide into other realities, past and present, can be a vital way to clear your head of current noise.Crip Camp, an audience award winner at Sundance in January that manages to be a crowdpleaser without softening tricky subjects or taking sentimental shortcuts. It’s the second feature documentary to emerge from the Netflix-allied, Barack and Michelle Obama-founded production company Higher Ground: the first, last year’s outstanding American … [Read more...] about Streaming: top docs for lockdown