The cost of a burglary

Figures have revealed that burglary costs the average homeowner over £2,800 in stolen valuables and almost £600 to pay for damage caused by the break-in. There were 713,000 domestic burglaries in 2015, and while you may see many of these reported in local newspapers...

Spring Budget 2017

While the gist of Philip Hammond’s latest budget was widely anticipated (at least the major points), it still makes for interesting reading. National Insurance rises for the self-employed Those of a certain age may remember that in 1988 U.S. presidential candidate...

Care Changes

Dealing with an ageing population has been an increasing concern for a number of years now. “Pensions freedoms” have been one aspect of encouraging people to save for their later life. Not to put too fine a point on it, the changes made to paying for care in later...

Self Employment – Is It For You?

There’s a lot of plus points about being in paid employment and there’s a lot of plus points about self employment. It would be nice to say that which one you choose should be a matter of preference, but these days job-market forces mean that it can be a wise move to...

Financial Planning For The New Year

As another January rolls around, it’s time for the New Year’s resolutions list. This is therefore generally the time when there are articles full of helpful suggestions for resolutions you could make. In the real world, however, we generally know what...

Financial advice during a divorce

At Christmas, strangely, divorce matters come to a head. Going through a divorce, dissolution or separation is one of life’s most stressful events, so it’s important to have people around you to help with the practicalities. This is particularly true when it comes to...