Banks to charge 35% on emergency loans: Crippling rates loom

Banks to charge 35% on emergency loans: Crippling rates loom for firms as experts warn that new crisis in spring will be worse than 2008 Lenders have used the Chancellor’s flagship £19billion loan fund to saddle businesses with ‘usurious’ rates Businesses will face crippling repayments from March as the loans hit their one-year anniversary dates … Read more Banks to charge 35% on emergency loans: Crippling rates loom

Property guardian firm slammed over high rates for ‘derelict’ rooms

A property guardianship company has been slammed for advertising ‘derelict properties’ in London for the same ‘extortionate rates’ as standard private rents.       Photos of the ‘disgusting’ properties available through Global Guardians, were shared online yesterday prompting disbelief from social media users. They include a space in a ‘horrible, disused factory’ in Rainham for up to … Read more Property guardian firm slammed over high rates for ‘derelict’ rooms

Ex-Olympian businesswoman hits out as business rates rise by more than £70,000

An Olympian turned businesswoman was hit with a £30,000 bill and given 14 days to pay up after the council nearly doubled business rates during lockdown.  Sarah Lindsay owns the Roar Fitness gym chain which has branches in Liverpool Street, Bank and Kensington, with clients including model Daisy Lowe, fashion designers Charlotte Olympia and Henry … Read more Ex-Olympian businesswoman hits out as business rates rise by more than £70,000

Deposits are falling, rates rising and prices uncertain. Should I buy my first home during Covid?

Whatever way you look at it, the property market had an exceptional year in 2020. It went from trundling along quite nicely in the first three months of the year, to a complete three-month shutdown during lockdown – during which time dire predictions were made about a coming crash.  Against the odds, house prices surged … Read more Deposits are falling, rates rising and prices uncertain. Should I buy my first home during Covid?

Markets defy gravity despite soaring Covid rates and anarchy in the US

Markets shot out the blocks this week with the FTSE 100 clocking its best ever start in its 37 year history. The premier index has climbed more than 6 per cent in the first four sessions this year after a rotten 2020 when the market plummeted by 14 per cent – its worst performance since … Read more Markets defy gravity despite soaring Covid rates and anarchy in the US

Arizona, California and Rhode Island have world’s worst COVID infection rates per capita

Arizona, California and Rhode Island are seeing higher rates of COVID-19 infections per capita than any country in the world as the US grapples with skyrocketing cases, hospitalizations and deaths.   Arizona leads the nation for new infections per capita with 827 per 100,000 people in the week ended Tuesday, followed by California with 671 per … Read more Arizona, California and Rhode Island have world’s worst COVID infection rates per capita

How bad is the Covid outbreak in YOUR area? Interactive tool shows surging infection rates

Coronavirus outbreaks are spiralling fastest in former Tier One areas and the North of England, official data has revealed. Of the ten councils registering the biggest surges in Covid infections in the most recent fortnight, eight were in the North of England — including three in Cumbria and three in Liverpool.  The remaining two were … Read more How bad is the Covid outbreak in YOUR area? Interactive tool shows surging infection rates

It will be easier to get a 10% deposit mortgage in 2021, say experts – and rates could drop too

Aspiring homeowners with low deposits had a torrid year in 2020, as deals vanished from the market and rates shot up.  However, experts have now said there are reasons for optimism in 2021 as lenders return to the market.  According to figures released by comparison site Moneyfacts, there are now around 160 deals available for … Read more It will be easier to get a 10% deposit mortgage in 2021, say experts – and rates could drop too

HMRC taxes interest savers haven’t received after plunging rates

Charged a tax bill for savings interest you weren’t paid? HMRC is still estimating earnings based on previous years despite 2020’s plunging rates Basic rate taxpayers can earn up to £1,000 a year in interest tax-free   Coupled with falling rates it means 95% of savers don’t pay tax on their returns However a Cambridgeshire man … Read more HMRC taxes interest savers haven’t received after plunging rates

High rates of COVID-19 in a community reduces survival rates among hospitalized patients

The spread of COVID-19 in a hospital’s surrounding community can affect the survival rates of patients, a new study suggests. Researchers found that, overall, coronavirus mortality rates declined during the first six months of the pandemic. However, hospitals in counties where infection rates increased during the late spring and early summer had a higher percentage of … Read more High rates of COVID-19 in a community reduces survival rates among hospitalized patients