Research suggests 70% of individuals ‘unaware of inheritance tax nil-rate band’

Research carried out by Canada Life has suggested that a significant amount of individuals ‘do not know the threshold’ for the standard inheritance tax (IHT) nil-rate band. Canada Life found that 70% of those surveyed did not know the standard … Find out more »


Chancellor commissions OTS to review inheritance tax rules

Chancellor Philip Hammond has commissioned the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to review the UK’s inheritance tax (IHT) regime, and outline ways in which the tax can be simplified. In a letter to Angela Knight, Chair of the OTS, and … Find out more »

Bereavement Help

For most people, bereavement is a time where your world is turned upside down. Here is a  list  of some places where you can get much needed help following a death.

Support and comfort from specialist organisations

Sometimes it helps to talk to people outside your immediate family and friends or to talk to those who have been through a similar experience. Here are some places which may be of help:

  • Your doctor can advise of specialist organisations related to the cause of the death and is also well placed to advise on bereavement counselling services available should you wish to better understand the grieving process. There  is often a long waiting list for free services so you may prefer to ask the doctor for details of counsellors that you can arrange to see privately
  • There are a number of charities such as Cruse Bereavement Care and The Samaritans who provide a free of charge listening service.
  • You may also find it useful to buy some books on bereavement to help you understand more about grieving and to read about other’s experiences which can often help.
  • Some people find that holistic, alternative therapies work best and you can investigate these locally from simple massages to acupuncture.