24 February 2021

Child talk

It’s difficult to quantify the impact of the pandemic on children. Let’s face it, their lives changed beyond recognition overnight too, the regular rhythms of childhood and adolescence gone indefinitely. A survey exploring what made children feel stressed during lockdown discovered that not having enough money or food featured, alongside schoolwork, family life and other […]

24 February 2021

COVID heightens intergenerational issues

One effect of the pandemic has been to divide segments of the population, whether by age, where they live or what they do for a living. When divisions occur, tensions can develop, not least between the generations. There is now rising concern about the economic impact of the pandemic upon Generation Z. A summary of […]

18 February 2021

“It won’t happen to me” – think again

It’s so easy to watch the ads on TV about scams or see the consumer shows interviewing devastated people about their financial losses as victims of fraud, and think “it won’t happen to me,” but think again! In the year to September 2020, Action Fraud received over 17,000 reports of investment fraud, totalling £657.4m in […]

11 February 2021

Get your life insurance in check

At the height of the pandemic, insurers received 7,000 life insurance claims and paid out £90 million – the equivalent of £980,000 every day – to support the families of those who died due to COVID-19. The data from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) shows that between 1 March and 31 May last year, […]

11 February 2021

ESG on the business agenda in 2021

Hello to a new year, a fresh start and forward focus. We aren’t the only ones looking forward and appraising the year ahead; a new report has noted that in 2021, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are placing a high priority on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues and assessing how organisational ESG activities and investments […]

4 February 2021

Awaiting the green shoots of spring? Use your time effectively

As we enter a new year, the winter months endure, but the hope of spring hangs in the air, an enticing prospect. So, while you’re awaiting the green shoots of spring, why not take the opportunity to get your finances in order before the end of the tax year? It’s a good time to double-check […]

4 February 2021

IHT receipts fall for first time in a decade

Inheritance Tax (IHT) receipts have fallen for the first time since 2009, according to data from HMRC. The amount of IHT collected in the 2019/20 tax year fell 4% (or £223m) to £5.2bn, with the introduction of the main residence nil rate band (RNRB) said to be the primary driver behind the fall. The RNRB, […]