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nanny looking after child 12 February 2013 Crackdown on cash-in-hand nannies»

Crackdown on cash-in-hand nannies

From next year, families will have to contact HMRC every time they pay their nanny, instead of just each quarter.   More »

kids school uniform 12 February 2013 £91,000 'premium' for house near top schools»

£91,000 'premium' for house near top schools

Parents wanting to buy a property near a top state primary school face paying 42% more than the average house price.   More »

Petrol prices 12 February 2013 No let up for drivers as petrol prices soar»

No let up for drivers as petrol prices soar

For the first time fuel prices have broken through the 140p barrier, with motorists now forking out an extra £8.44 a month on petrol.   More »

working from home 12 February 2013 Create the ideal workplace - in your own home»

Create the ideal workplace - in your own home

A home designer gives his top tips to create a productive, comfortable workspace for home workers.   More »

baked salmon 12 February 2013 Our fish dish phobia is 'off the scale'»

Our fish dish phobia is 'off the scale'

Seafood is the dish that most gets home chefs in a flap, and only 28% of shoppers said they were confident making a fresh fish dish.   More »

board games with the family 12 February 2013 Families '£10 a week worse off'»

Families '£10 a week worse off'

The financial squeeze continues to have an impact on families as real income erosions are likely to continue for a third year in 2012.   More »

alcohol pricing 12 February 2013 Cameron announces minimum alcohol pricing»

Cameron announces minimum alcohol pricing

There are plans that could mean paying 40p per unit and the banning of multi-buy discounts to tackle irresponsible drinking.   More »

child asleep 12 February 2013 Parents 'use kids as an alarm clock'!»

Parents 'use kids as an alarm clock'!

45% of parents say they rely on their young ones to wake them up in the mornings, a poll has found.   More »

counting coins 12 February 2013 Charity warns of 'slim' Budget gains for families»

Charity warns of 'slim' Budget gains for families

Citizens Advice suggests the Budget might only put £33 more in the pockets of poorer working families each year.   More »

olympic babies in arms 12 February 2013 'Absurd' Olympic ticket situation 'will be sorted'»

'Absurd' Olympic ticket situation 'will be sorted'

London 2012 bosses are now facing increasing pressure to allow babes in arms at the event.   More »

whole roasted chicken 12 February 2013 Osborne to close VAT loopholes»

Osborne to close VAT loopholes

Budget plans to close VAT 'loopholes' mean supermarkets will be forced to charge more for hot foods.   More »

family values 12 February 2013 Miliband questions Budget's family values»

Miliband questions Budget's family values

Following the budget announcement, Miliband questioned whether the package of measures came close to passing the "fairness test".   More »

stamp duty 12 February 2013 Could you be a victim of new stamp duty rules?»

Could you be a victim of new stamp duty rules?

Estate agents have warned that the impact of the stamp duty rise could affect all people looking to buy new homes.   More »

women better at finances 12 February 2013 Women of the house 'better at finance'»

Women of the house 'better at finance'

Women are better at protecting their family's finances, and make better financial decisions, studies have found.   More »

Air passenger duty 12 February 2013 Budget: Family holidays hit by air duty rises»

Budget: Family holidays hit by air duty rises

From 1 April families will be hit by higher travel costs, as air tax rises were not scrapped in yesterday's Budget.   More »

The budget and what it means for us 12 February 2013 Budget 2012: What it means for families»

Budget 2012: What it means for families

A breakdown of the Chancellor's financial plan for the upcoming year and how the proposed changes will affect us.   More »

commuters boarding train 12 February 2013 Smart ticket to combine bus and rail travel»

Smart ticket to combine bus and rail travel

Stagecoach has launched a system whereby people can travel on both trains and buses with just one, all-inclusive smartcard.   More »

children's earnings 12 February 2013 Crafty kids 'earning a small fortune'»

Crafty kids 'earning a small fortune'

Kids can earn a whopping £1,270 by the time they are 14 - on top of their pocket money - by using cheeky money-making tactics.   More »

tax calculator 12 February 2013 Workers set to receive personal tax statements»

Workers set to receive personal tax statements

Today's Budget announcement could contain plans to introduce statements, which will tell you where tax payments are spent.   More »

fuel duty rise 12 February 2013 Fuel duty rise 'could force job changes'»

Fuel duty rise 'could force job changes'

The proposed fuel duty increase of 3.02p a litre from August has sparked concern about job prospects.   More »

discount rail tickets 12 February 2013 Longer trains set to ease day trip stress»

Longer trains set to ease day trip stress

Virgin Trains will provide 150 extra Standard seats on some of their busiest West Coast Main Line services, as of April.   More »

inflation falling 12 February 2013 Inflation falls to 15-month low-point»

Inflation falls to 15-month low-point

Digital camera discounts and cheaper airline tickets have helped to fuel the reduction in the February CPI rate.   More »

debt worries 12 February 2013 UK families 'sleepwalking into debt'»

UK families 'sleepwalking into debt'

One in 10 of us now has over £300 less in disposable income every month than we did a year ago.   More »

baby proof budget 12 February 2013 Parents failing to 'baby-proof' budgets»

Parents failing to 'baby-proof' budgets

As many as 50% of would-be parents underestimate just how much it would cost them to prepare and care for a new baby.   More »

tuna sandwich 12 February 2013 Save £1682 by making your own lunch»

Save £1682 by making your own lunch

On average, customers pay 349% more to buy lunch at sandwich chains, compared with supermarket prices, research has found.   More »

loft insulation 12 February 2013 Households 'missing out' on insulation benefits»

Households 'missing out' on insulation benefits

Figures indicate that only one in 10 homes benefits fully from loft insulation at present.   More »

money and planes 12 February 2013 Final plea to ditch air duty rise»

Final plea to ditch air duty rise

ADP is set to rise by 8% from 1 April, but travel industry workers have been campaigning to scrap the plans before the Budget.   More »

familes saving money are reminded to make the most of their nest egg 12 February 2013 Chancellor urged to revamp cash ISAs»

Chancellor urged to revamp cash ISAs

Ahead of Wednesday's budget, Nationwide has called for a major shake-up of the ISA system.   More »

woman with empty purse 12 February 2013 Household spending on essentials up 6%»

Household spending on essentials up 6%

46% of consumers were forced to put three quarters of their income or more towards essential costs and bills last month.   More »