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Financial NewsFCA research reveals increase in cryptoasset ownership

Research published by the FCA estimates that 2.3 million adults now hold cryptoassets (up from 1.9 million last year). 78% of adults have now heard of cryptoassets, up from 73% in a year.

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Culture NewsEnid Blyton becomes the latest target of cancel culture

World-famous children’s author Enid Blyton has become the latest target of the cancel culture that has become so prevalent over the past year. Following a review, English Heritage has concluded that her work was both racist and xenophobic as well as lacking literary merit.

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Financial NewsNext steps as FCA prepares to take over pre-paid funeral plan regulation from July 2022

The Financial Conduct Authority is now inviting applications for authorisation from pre-paid funeral plan providers and intermediaries. This comes following confirmation the FCA will regulate the pre-paid funeral plans sector from late July 2022.

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Health & Wellbeing NewsNHS surgery disruption set to last for years

The NHS has revealed a drop of around 33% in surgical procedures being carried out in England and Wales last year due to the impact of Covid. There are now fears that ongoing disruption could impact millions of people for years to come.

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The ultra-wealthy and their taxes: How much tax do US billionaires actually pay?

After a recent ProPublica report about the ultra-wealthy in the US and how much tax they pay, we examine income tax rules in the US and how billionaires legally avoid them.

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Are retirement gifts taxable?

Whether you're involved in buying a retirement gift for a colleague or have recently received a generous retirement gift yourself, it's worth knowing whether they're taxable and other aspects of giving or receiving such gifts.

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How is Covid-19 impacting long-term pension planning?

Many of us are now focusing on getting through the short to medium-term, rebuilding our finances and relishing a return to everyday life after the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, pension contributions and retirement income are not top of the agenda. However, there have been significant reductions in pension contributions which will impact income in retirement. While the real impact may take 20 years or more to emerge, it needs to be addressed now!

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Why does Skyfall work so well?

Looking ahead to the release of No Time To Die in just a few months’ time, I recently sat down to rewatch the much-loved Skyfall.

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Over 50s LGBTQ+ Travel Guide: United States

LGBTQ+ people have long flocked to the United States to travel, and even more so since the 2015 ruling to legalise same-sex marriage across the country. But where are the best places in the United States to visit for LGBTQ+ people?

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How to prepare raw fish

Raw fish can be a contentious subject. Some love it, and some hate it! Those who enjoy eating sashimi, sushi and other raw fish dishes often limit consumption of raw fish dishes to the occasional visit to a restaurant. But do we need to? Is it possible to buy and prepare our favourite raw fish dishes at home safely?

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What is asthma?

If you don't have asthma yourself, there's a fair chance that you have a friend or a family member who does. However, despite being relatively common, knowledge of asthma and how it affects people remains somewhat limited.

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What are the signs of a toxic family?

Toxic family dynamics could turn your wonderful home into a real-life nightmare. If you find yourself walking on eggshells around certain family members, it may be time to explore ways to resolve the situation before it escalates.

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Can you drink alcohol after having a Covid vaccine?

You might want to think twice about celebrating getting your Covid vaccine with a glass of wine. While you’re unlikely to suffer any major problems if you have a drink, consuming alcohol may not be the best idea. What is the relationship between alcohol and the Covid vaccine?

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Do you really live in a strong community?

Not everyone feels the same about their community. While some of us are deeply rooted in our neighbourhoods, others find themselves less included. In fact, half of us haven’t spoken to our neighbours in the last month. What does this mean for our communities?

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Surgeons call for specialist hubs to help reduce huge backlog for operations

The Royal College of Surgeons is calling for specialist hubs to be set up across England where routine surgeries can be performed. Members of the RCS say there is a massive backlog of people waiting for non-urgent operations, and these hubs could help reduce waiting times and aid the health service.

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