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Bereavement benefits extended to unmarried couples

The eligibility for some bereavement payments has now been extended to unmarried couples, but there are two major caveats.

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Pensions, death and taxes: the retirement anomaly

There is an interesting lesson to be learned from a think tank’s pension criticism.

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The inflation puzzle of 2022

Annual inflation in 2022 was 10.5%, but not all components rose by double digits.

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Making Tax Digital for income tax deferred

During the non-news week before Christmas, there was a significant announcement on the Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme for income tax.

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Value for money: State pension vs. NICs

Recent research has compared the value of personal national insurance contributions (NICs) with the value of state pension received. The results may surprise you.

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Don't forget the other student loan

When it comes to student loans, the media focus is usually on tuition fees (outside Scotland), but there’s another loan that shouldn’t be overlooked – and that includes Scotland.

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2023 inflation forecast: the only way is down?

Inflation surged in 2022, but can it reverse in 2023?

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Premium bonds: rate cut and prize boost

From January, National Savings & Investments (NS&I) will increase its premium bond prize fund rate to 3% and reduce £25 prizes, instead increasing the number of higher-value prizes that are up for grabs.

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Company cars: not-so-free fuel

If your employer pays for the fuel in your company car, it may cost you more than you expect.

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Into the ice age: the diminishing personal allowance

The frozen personal allowance may be overtaken by the new state pension in only a few years, proving the income tax screw is well and truly tightening.

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