Charity boss stripped of MBE after stealing £300,000 from charity pension fund to buy holiday home

‘Pillar of the community’, 72, is stripped of his MBE after being jailed for five years for stealing nearly £300,000 from charity pension fund to buy a French holiday home and house in upmarket Hampshire village Patrick McLarry, 72, defrauded money to fund lavish lifestyle and pay off debts He admitted taking £250,000 from disability charity … Read more

Charity boss stripped of MBE after stealing £300,000 from charity pension fund to buy holiday home

‘Pillar of the community’, 72, is stripped of his MBE after being jailed for five years for stealing nearly £300,000 from charity pension fund to buy a French holiday home and house in upmarket Hampshire village Patrick McLarry, 72, defrauded money to fund lavish lifestyle and pay off debts He admitted taking £250,000 from disability charity … Read more

A country-by-country guide and everything you need to plan a summer holiday

The Government has not exactly been fanning the flames of enthusiasm for well-deserved getaways this summer. All we know for now is that until May 17 foreign travel for tourism is illegal and EU leaders agreed on Thursday to introduce vaccine passports by the summer. We are due a review on April 12, which hopefully … Read more

This week the Holiday Guru answers reader questions about Schengen Area visas and ferry refunds

The Holiday Guru is always on hand to answer your questions. This week he helps a reader claim a refund from Brittany Ferries, provides advice on post-Brexit travel – and more.  Q. Last year we booked a holiday to Spain, sailing with Brittany Ferries so we could take our caravan. But due to lockdown, we … Read more

The holiday destinations Britons most want to visit this summer, and it’s SPAIN that’s No1

Spain may need plenty of cava in stock for June, July and August, because it’s the holiday destination Britons most want to visit for a post-lockdown summer getaway, according to data from a flight search site. Following the Prime Minister revealing his roadmap out of lockdown for England, Skyscanner delved into its databanks and kept … Read more

Rightmove: House hunting at record high as stamp duty holiday rumours mount

Online house hunting reached a new record this month, overtaking the previous one set last summer. Rightmove said there were 8.5 million visits to its website on Wednesday February 17, higher than the previous record on July 8. It comes amid widespread speculation that the Chancellor will extend the stamp duty holiday by three months … Read more

Rightmove: House hunting at record high as stamp duty holiday rumours mount

Online house hunting reached a new record this month, overtaking the previous one set last summer. Rightmove said there were 8.5 million visits to its website on Wednesday February 17, higher than the previous record on July 8. It comes amid widespread speculation that the Chancellor will extend the stamp duty holiday by three months … Read more

234k extra buyers could benefit from stamp duty holiday extension

As many as 234,000 buyers who’ve had a property sale agreed could save thousands of pounds if the Chancellor’s rumoured three-month stamp duty holiday extension goes ahead. The total amount saved in stamp duty charges if the extension is given the green light in the Budget next week could top £984million, according to online property … Read more

Could I buy in time to benefit from a stamp duty holiday extension?

We have just agreed the sale of our home and the purchase of a new one costing £600,000, and there is no chain beyond these two transactions. We had been working on the basis that there was no way we would benefit from the stamp duty holiday, but I have now read that it could … Read more

Priti Patel: ‘Far too early’ to book a summer holiday abroad

Priti Patel warns it is still ‘far too early’ for people to book a summer holiday abroad as she says the nation must wait for the vaccination drive to make more progress despite Boris Johnson targeting ‘return to normal’ on June 21 Home Secretary said ‘far too early’ for people to book summer holidays abroad  … Read more