Seven out of ten new car buyers will pay more road tax from this spring as cars once considered 'green' are squeezed for more money - and those over £40,000 are hammered for extra £310 a year extra. By contrast, buyers of some of the most polluting and gas-guzzling vehicles will receive 'significant benefits' and could save up to £245, a report says.
The wealthiest households should pay three times more council tax as part of a social contract with their neighbourhood, says ADRIAN LOWERY
The May government is apparently considering allowing council tax hikes to fund improvements in elderly care; well I'd argue councils should be able to levy more tax on wealthy households anyway. Whilst it's hard to justify the brute redistribution of wealth by taxing the rich and giving handouts to the poor, it is not hard to justify asking wealthy households in a locality (like Barnes, SW London, pictured) to contribute proportionately far more to services and amenities that keep that locality a tidy and happy place.
FTSE CLOSE: Footsie sets 12th closing record in a row on Friday 13th; housebuilders rally; pound at $1.22
The FTSE 100 finished up 45.44 points at 7337.81, making that the 12th record high in a row and the 14th consecutive gain. London's top market also set a new mid-session record of 7,338.49. The Dow Jones was ahead 13.5 points at 19,904.5 while Germany's DAX rose 108.1 points to 11,629.2 and France's CAC 40 was up 58.5 points at 4,922.5. Brent crude was at $55.58 a barrel and the pound was at $1.22 against the dollar. 'As has become the custom in the first few trading days of 2017, gains in the UK stock market were mirrored by a weaker pound sterling,' said a City pundit.
How rich are you? As figures show Britain getting more equal, we dig into the financial pecking order
How rich are you? The highly subjective answer to that will be influenced by your attitude to wealth, income vs spending habits, and where in the country you live. While we quite rightly worry about inequality, Britain's disposable incomes are the most equal they have been in 30 years, but where do you fit in the earnings and wealth scales?
My wife has a short time to live and we are trying to make sure I get as much of her state and private pensions as possible - how do we keep hold of her savings? Steve Webb replies
Former Pensions Minister Steve Webb is This Is Money's Agony Uncle. He is ready to answer your questions, whether you are still saving, in the process of stopping work, or juggling your finances in retirement. This week, he seeks to help a husband trying to sort out the finances of his wife, who is dying of cancer.
Picking dividend shares isn't just about opting for those with the highest yield. A dividend needs to be sustainable, robust, and preferably rise over time. Justin Urquhart Stewart, of Seven Investment Management joins the Investing Show to explain where to invest for the best dividends, looking at countries, sectors and individual companies.
Beat the 25% currency hike, get an 18-day break with only nine days' leave and always fly on a Tuesday: 10 tips for getting the most out of your 2017 holiday budget
There are lots of tips and tricks to cut down the cost of your holiday, without compromising on the experience. To make the most of your money, Cheapflights.co.uk has compiled some top tips for cutting down your holiday costs in 2017. We've picked some of the best and added in a few of our own. If you have others, please let us know in the comments section.
Why now could be the WORST time to buy a big chunk of shares: As the FTSE 100 hits a record run, investors are told to be careful
Savers tempted to put money into the stock market by the FTSE 100's record run could be investing just as the risk grows that shares will tank, experts warn. This week, the FTSE closed at an all-time high for the ninth day in a row. Stock market highs tend to encourage many small investors to throw caution to the wind, as they chase down gains.
How the taxman spies on everything you buy and sell online... thanks to a new law hardly anyone has noticed
HM Revenue & Customs quietly acquired powers in September which allow it to snoop on anyone who uses so-called marketplace websites that connect buyers and sellers. It means teams of investigators now have extensive access to websites such as Etsy - where craft-makers sell items like homemade cards and knitting - and eBay, as well as property and holiday letting sites including Booking.com and Airbnb.
The best brand new cars for 2017: As the new BMW 5 Series wins the Car of the Year award, we reveal the full list
A new hi-tech BMW that can drive itself has been crowned 'Car of the Year' in the motor industry's version of the Oscars. The BMW 5 Series, which has self-driving features that allow it to drive for short distances, took the top spot in the What Car? 2017 awards. We reveal the winners in the other categories and prices.
Low-cost airline Ryanair has sparked a summer flight war with nine new routes from London's Stansted airport, including daily trips to Nice and Naples and a three times-weekly service to Cagliari in Sardinia. Customers will be able to fly direct from the Essex-based airport as part of the new deal, which also includes routes to Copenhagen in Denmark and French destinations Beziers, Clermont, Grenoble, Nimes and Strasbourg. The budget carrier said the move was part of its push to sustain growth in the UK and would boost passenger numbers to more than 20million a year while supporting around 15,000 jobs.
The FTSE 100 edged its way across the line to a thirteenth consecutive climb. The market tiptoed forward just 0.03per cent, or 1.88 points, to another record finish of 7292.37. Primark owner Associated British Foods was the greatest faller, down 4.5per cent, or 122p, to 2576p after a disappointing update. Spire Healthcare spiralled after redevelopment work hit profits. Building at its St Anthony's Hospital in the London borough of Sutton has taken longer than expected. The hospital, which made a £5million profit in 2015, is expected to report a loss of £1.5million for 2016.
House prices leapt by more than £1k a month last year - but will they continue to rise throughout 2017?
Average property prices finished 2016 at a record high of £222,484, up by 6.5 per cent in December when compared to the same month in 2015, according to Halifax. However experts remain divided over whether price rises will remain robust into the new year or start to falter as Britain begins the process to leave the EU and buyers grapple with ever-higher asking prices.
How to run an 'active' fund patiently: Old Mutual boss Richard Buxton offers tips on picking stocks for the long haul
In our series giving personal investors an insight into how the professionals do things, we spoke to Richard Buxton, manager of its Old Mutual UK Alpha fund. He says patience is the key to his approach, because once convinced of the case for investing in a stock he tends to hold it for a very long time.
My father died and now my stepmother plans to leave everything to her two children, can I do anything?
My father passed away in 2010. His second wife is 85 and still living in the house they bought. My father's half was left to myself and two sisters, possibly grandchildren. Now my father has passed away my stepmother is saying we will not get anything and everything will go to her two adult children. Is there anything we can do?
Could your property pay for your commute in days? The towns where house price rises covered annual train costs in little more than a week
Homeowners in Esher, Surrey, commuting into London fared best as their homes' rising value paid for their annual train travel in just eight days, but other towns also saw house price gains pay off. Esher knocked Solihull in Birmingham off the top slot in the annual study of house price rises vs commute costs by property website Zoopla.
Of the 14million women at work in the UK, more than two million are now breadwinners - of whom two-thirds are single parents. But stay-at-home mums are far from idle, doing the equivalent of a £30,000 salary in unpaid work and childcare every year, according to insurance firm Sunlife. So here is our six-point plan to help supermums get financially fit in 2017.
Top fund tips for 2017: Is it time to back value investing and where in the world will perform best this year?
After the turbulence of 2016, many investors will be wondering what this year could possibly have in store for them. While markets are impossible to predict, we have gathered the views of some investing experts who have examined all the factors and picked a selection of funds - and an investment trust - that they believe could be winners in 2017.
50 ways to save money: Simple steps to cut what you spend that could clear your debts or seriously boost your savings
To clear the average national household debt of ?13,000 at 6% interest with a monthly repayment of ?100 will take around 17 years. There are, however, plenty of simple ways to make significant savings on your regular spending that could clear your debt - or boost your savings - in less than a year. This is Money's top 50 - updated - money-saving tips may appear light-hearted but are deadly serious.
Confused about 'hard' and 'soft' Brexit, the Norway model and the Swiss solution? This handy table explains the options for the UK's exit from the EU
Despite endless media coverage of the political wrangling and financial speculation, the average Briton can be forgiven for remaining confused about what 'soft' and 'hard' Brexit really mean. About the difference between the 'Norway model' for the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the UK and the 'Swiss solution'. But a clever table put together by HSBC in a report called 'Is Brexit Getting Harder?' cleaves some clarity from the murk.
Several months after the Bank of England slashed the base rate to 0.25 per cent and lenders are still cutting mortgage rates on almost a weekly basis - but how low can they really go? The experts say not a lot lower and it's likely that if you get a mortgage at the moment, it's going to be a pretty cracking deal.
For many buy-to-let looks an attractive income investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Climbing house prices, rising rents and improving mortgage deals are tempting investors - although they will need a big deposit. Read This is Money's top ten buy-to-let tips
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