Short summaries of recent articles we think you will find useful from some of the UK’s broadsheets.
“Care homes after Covid: counting the cost”
Families struggle with bills as charges rise while the government delays reform plans.
“UK banks cut rates on multimillion pound mortgages”
Interest rates on two-year fixed-rate deals near 1% for wealthy borrowers.
“Disputes loom over contractors’ status after IR35 reforms”
Half of freelancers surveyed plan to challenge their classification as ‘employed for tax purposes’.
“Extend CGT payment deadline on property sales”
Raise limit from 30 days to 60, says OTS in wide-ranging review.
“Gig workers should get pension rights now, says regulator”
Companies should not wait for rule changes after Uber verdict.
“Are ageing populations really bad for the economy?”
Don’t believe the myth that an ageing population means economic decline.
“Pension freedoms: how they came at a price”
George Osborne’s reforms offered us choice to save, invest, or spend our pensions. What happened next?
“Want a pension like the public sector? You need to save more”
The pension is still fabulous (even if it is not as generous as it once was), but the wages are on average 7% higher than in the private sector, according to the Office for National Statistics.
“If you believe in a bounce back, here’s how to invest”
Investors are buying UK stocks after years of shunning them. Professional investors from around the world reported their highest exposure to UK equities since March 2014, according to a survey by Bank of America, an investment bank.
“The best value commuter towns for London’s first-time buyers”
Half of London’s employers are planning to keep remote working in some capacity.
“Revealed: £54bn in ‘cheap’ tracker funds charge double the headline fee”
Supposedly bargain funds tracking the British stock market have the highest transaction costs.
“16 million Premium Bond holders have never won a single prize”
But 12 savers became millionaires on their first draw.
“How retirement villages are becoming part of high street life in the UK”
After a record number of shop closures last year during the worst recession in history, stores are being replaced with student flats, gyms and crazy golf courses. But in one corner of south London, there is a different approach: retirement homes.
“Mortgage competition hots up and rates fall to under 1%. For some”
With the cheapest deals targeted at those with a large deposit, here’s how to choose the best on offer.
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Couples typically need £26,000 and single people need £19,000 a year for a comfortable retirement, new research reveals.
The state pension has been underpaid for an estimated 200,000 women, and Britons are being urged to check their entitlement.
House prices are likely to continue rising for some time despite hitting a new record high in May, one of Britain’s biggest mortgage lenders has said.