Council tax rises: Homeowners to be hit with leap in bills as local councils raise prices | Property | Life & Style

Council tax is a fact of life in the UK, with homeowners and renters alike having to pay the yearly bill. April 2018 is set to be a tricky one for households as many local authorities massively increase their charges. Council tax can rise by there per cent this April, in line with inflation. Lord Porter, the chairman of the Local Government Association, said some councils were on the verge of “collapse” if more funding was not found soon. How much could council tax rise by? Local Government Secretary Sajid…

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Star Princess: cabins, dining, entertainment and prices explained | Cruise | Travel

PH The Star Princess line has had a luxury refit The 2,600-passenger ship is one of 17 in the Princess fleet, with new ship Sky Princess due to arrive this summer. Princess Cruises began with a single ship in 1965, sailing to Mexico, and is now the third largest cruise line in the world. It is still known for its part in the 1970s American TV series The Love Boat, when its ship Pacific Princess played the star role. STATEROOMS One of the most significant results of the recent refit…

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House prices FALL again: Average UK property price drops over £3123 | Property | Life & Style

House prices have dropped since last year, the Halifax House Price Index revealed this morning.  The headline figure of a 2.2 per cent year on year increase in average house prices is lower than the 2.7 per cent annual increase reported in December, and prices have cooled slightly month on month with a 0.6% drop between December and January. In real terms, according to the Halifax the average house price in the UK was £223,285 last month, versus the £219,217 in January 2017, but lower than the highest recorded figure…

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