18th January 2018

Private School

It was reported in the Daily Mail this week that private school fees have trebled, in real terms, over the past 30 years, but parents are undeterred.

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18th December 2017

Pencils

Choosing an independent school is a serious investment Parents or grandparents wishing to give their children or grandchildren the benefit of an independent education face startling costs. This is followed after school by the costs of a university education, which are also considerable. However, with careful planning, it may be possible to avoid a huge […]

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12th September 2017

New State Pension Age

Welcome to our latest issue of Smartmoney, which you can view at Smartmoney September 2017. Will you be one of the six million workers who will have to work an extra year before retiring after the Government announced that it would be extending the retirement age to 68?

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18th August 2017

Despite the introduction of tougher exams, British sixth formers have achieved some of the best A-level results seen for several years.

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23rd June 2017

Photo of party goers

On Saturday 17th June, parents and teachers alike discovered their inner seventies groove and boogied in the wonderland of the Hazlegroovy Ball, celebrating 70 years of the school and shedding inhibitions left, right and centre.

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7th June 2017

Monmouth School

Of the approximate 2,500 Independent Schools in the UK, 1,301 are members of the Independent School Council (ISC), which is a record number. Each year the ISC produces a census. Here are some highlights for the 2016/2017 school year.

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9th May 2017

Salary Sacrifice

Many organisations offer salary sacrifice schemes. A salary sacrifice scheme is a contractual arrangement under which an employee accepts reduced gross pay in return for their employer providing a specific non-cash benefit.

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5th May 2017

Foreign currency

Offshore bonds are single premium life insurance policies. The bond is an investment portfolio structured in a way to combine a life insurance policy and a portfolio to create a wrapper through which investors can buy, manage and sell their assets. They provide an environment for assets to grow with little or no tax.

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5th May 2017

sun bed

Annual and lifetime limits Tax relief means some of your money that would have gone to the Government as tax goes into your pension instead. You can put as much as you want into your pension, but there are annual and lifetime limits on how much tax relief you get on your pension contributions.

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20th April 2017

Hanford School

School fees payments may start at an affordable level, but often the ability to sustain these fees from income becomes difficult to maintain when additional children start school and perhaps only one parent’s income is being utilised.

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