Best cash Isa rates: Marcus Bank fails to spark a tax-free rate war

No green shoots for Isa savers as the new tax year sees saving rates fall as Marcus fails to spur a tax-free rate war Rates on easy-access Isas have fallen from 0.46% in March to 0.41%  March and April is usually ‘Isa season’ when banks compete for savers’ cash   Rates are now at an all-time … Read more

Co-op to repay £15.5m Covid furlough support but will keep £66m business rates relief

Co-op vows to repay £15.5m furlough cash it received during lockdown as its annual profits more than double to £77m – but it won’t hand back £66m business rates relief Supermarket chain confirmed it will repay Government’s £15.5m for furlough But they confirmed they would hold onto £66m it secured in business rates relief News … Read more

Britons will be allowed to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates, PM to announce

Flights to countries with high jab rates: Boris Johnson will unveil traffic light system for summer holidays with destinations vetted for Covid infections, vaccinations and the risk of mutant strains Britons  able to holiday in countries with high vaccination rates this summer Prime Minister will unveil a traffic light system that will see destinations rated … Read more

Doctors fear ethnic groups may start to see higher Covid infection and death rates

Doctors fear ethnic groups that shun vaccinations may start to see higher Covid infection and death rates than the country at large Lower up take rates among Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black Britons have left experts concerned about large numbers in communities vulnerable to the virus  Office of National Statistics is examining the situation with Oxford … Read more

Where to find the lowest Covid infection rates in the UK – and bag a sublime staycation

When we are finally allowed to go on self-catering trips in the UK from April 12 (April 26 in Scotland), where will we travel? The answer may be: wherever is possible, as holiday-let firms report that over 90 per cent of properties are already taken. Competition is also likely to be tough for hotels and … Read more

Buy-to-let mortgages flood back with 200 launched in March – but rates are highest since 2019

Landlords are seeing the choice of available mortgage deals increase as the number of products on the market rose by 233 last month alone. Mortgage options increased for the fifth consecutive month in March meaning there are a total of 2,333 buy-to-let products now available, according to the latest Moneyfacts data. This means the number … Read more

Mortgages with 5% deposits are back – but watch out for stricter rules and higher rates

Aspiring homeowners are being offered a potential leg-up as mortgage deals for those hoping to buy with a five per cent deposit re-emerge. Several mortgage lenders including Bank of Ireland, Coventry Building Society and Accord, part of Yorkshire Building Society, are now offering 95 per cent loan-to-value deals. In addition, several other major lenders are … Read more

Number of shielders leaving home risen with roll-out of vaccines and declining infection rates

Number of Covid shielders leaving home rose in February with 81% venturing outdoors at least once a week as infection rates fell and vaccine rollout steamed ahead, ONS finds Office for National Statistics found 81 per cent left home once at end of February This was up from the 76 per cent who stepped out … Read more

Best inflation-beating savings rates: Make your money work harder

The truth is, there’s no such thing as a single rate of inflation. Everyone will have their own because everyone in the country buys different goods and services from different shops and sellers. The changing price of dog food, for example, is not going to be relevant to someone who does not have a four-legged … Read more

Black Maternity Scandal: Rochelle Humes felt ‘broken’ filming Dispatches documentary on death rates

Rochelle Humes said she ‘felt broken as mother’ as she talked about her upcoming documentary, Black Maternity Scandal Dispatches, on This Morning on Friday.  The presenter, 32, will front the Channel 4 programme which investigates why black women are four times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy and childbirth.  Speaking on Friday’s … Read more