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Mortgages: UK lenders continue to raise rates and pull deals

Record 19% of all loans taken out by first-time buyers in March were for 35 years or longer Business live – latest updates Mortgage market misery has stepped up for homebuyers as lenders continue to increase borrowing rates and pull deals, prompting record numbers to take out loans of more than 35 years in an […]

Inflation calculator: find out how much UK household price rises affect you

This online tool will help you discover what is contributing to your household’s cost of living increases Inflation has been soaring in the UK, with people being hit by higher prices for everyday essentials. The latest inflation rate for the 12 months to April 2023 means that goods and services cost more than 8.7% more […]

Little progress made on energy efficiency in UK homes, report finds

National Infrastructure Commission accuses ministers of ‘prevarication’ over installation of heat pumps Ministers have made negligible progress in improving the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes even as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underscored the need to cut the reliance on gas for home heating, according to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). The independent infrastructure […]

Jeremy Hunt’s ‘stealth’ income tax rise: here’s how it will affect you

Millions of people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland face paying basic or higher-rate tax for first time. We look at how much it will cost and what you can do The government’s decision to freeze income tax thresholds means nearly 3 million low- and middle-income people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will have […]

UK shoppers slash spending as price rises and energy bills bite

February figures from BRC highlight impact of cost of living crisis on British economy before budget UK consumers sharply cut back their spending in February as soaring living costs damaged household finances, retailers have warned, despite strong sales of jewellery and fragrances for Valentine’s Day. Highlighting the impact of the cost of living crisis on […]

Women in UK ‘more likely than men to be on low pay and struggling’

Half a million more women than men are paid below real living wage and 13% are on zero-hours contracts Half a million more working women are paid below the real living wage than their male counterparts, according to data from the Living Wage Foundation. It says women have been harder hit by the cost of […]

Energy crisis stemming from Ukraine war ‘cost £1k for every UK adult’

Conflict came on top of our over-reliance on gas, says Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit The UK’s over-reliance on gas has been blamed for pushing up bills as it emerged that the energy crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine had cost the equivalent of £1,000 for every adult. A study by the Energy and […]