Entertaining guests at home is stressful at the best of times, but at Christmas (which is of course made even more tense by the heightened expectations of all who participate) the stakes are even higher.
During the run-up to the holiday period, many people find the pressure of shopping for, planning for and then finding time to actually have a happy Christmas too much to bear. And unfortunately it seems that if your relationship isn’t strong enough, then Christmas is when cracks really can begin to show.
Yesterday, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced changes in ‘stamp duty’ that he said would benefit 98% of homebuyers. These changes would take effect from today, Thursday 4th December 2014. Saying that 98% of homebuyers would save money under new tax rules is an impressive soundbite, but what does it mean exactly?