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Budget 2018: Everything you need to know..

What a way to start the week – settling down to watch one of the major events of the year that affects your finances. In his speech, the chancellor will announce the government’s plans for tax and spending for the financial year which starts in April 2019. Here is your essential guide. When is the […]

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Banks closures: 13 million people have lost half of local branches..

About 13 million adults in the UK live in areas where at least half of the local banks and building societies have closed, analysis by the BBC reveals. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show nearly 6,000 local branches have shut since 2010, a fall of a third. The consumer group Which? called the number […]

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The Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club’s annual Bonfire & Fire works display..

The Whalley Range Cricket & Lawn Tennis Club’s annual Bonfire & Fire works display.. This is a free event, taking place on Saturday 3rd November from 7pm. There will be food (also a halal option), hot drinks and the bar will be open. Further updates will be on our Facebook pages; www.facebook.com/WhalleyRangeTennis We will be […]

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Cheaper food drives UK inflation lower in September..

The UK inflation rate fell more than expected in September after hitting a six-month high in August. The Office for National Statistics said the fall to 2.4%, down from 2.7%, was largely driven by lower prices for food and non-alcoholic drinks. The Consumer Prices Index figure surprised economists who had been expecting inflation to fall […]

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The £50 note is changing and here’s why..

The £50 note will not be scrapped and will instead get a plastic redesign, the Bank of England has said. Fears that the largest denomination was widely used by criminals and rarely for ordinary purchases had prompted a proposal to abolish it. But ministers said the new version, to be printed in the UK, would […]

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Where are house prices rising the fastest?..

House prices are rising the fastest in the East Midlands, increasing by 6.5% in the year to August, according to official statistics. Wales also showed a significant rise – up by 6.2% over the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, a “sustained slowdown” in the south and east of England […]

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Water meters should be compulsory, say MPs..

Millions of householders in England and Wales could be forced to have water meters installed if a group of MPs gets its way. Members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) say that all water companies should be allowed to introduce compulsory metering. They say that the idea is to help save water. […]

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Half of twenty-somethings have no savings..

Young people in the UK are losing the savings habit – with more than half of 22 to 29-year-olds living with no savings at all, official figures show. Some 53% of this age group have nothing in a savings account or Individual Savings Account (Isa), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The squeeze on […]

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Where have all the 'for sale' signs gone?..

Fewer homes have been on the market in 2018 than in any year of the past decade, the UK’s biggest mortgage lender has said. The Halifax said house-hunters have been left with relatively little choice, which means that prices have still risen as a result. House prices rose by 2.5% in the year to the end […]

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Why it's a good idea to make your move before 2019..