How Britain is becoming a SAFER place to live: Rate of murders and violent crime falling faster than anywhere in Western Europe New report reveals UK's murder rate has fallen by half over the past decadeBroadland in Norfolk is most peaceful area and Lewisham is most violentPeople believe they are four times more likely to be attacked than is actually the case , just eight weapons crimes were recorded in the area, which has a population of 125,000 people. The other areas ranked as least violent were Three Rivers in Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Dorset and Maldon in Essex. Among urban areas, Cardiff was found to be the most peaceful, along with Sheffield, Nottingham and Leeds
Smartphone app that claims to beat stress and can monitor the user's emotional stateIt works out size of nearby crowds to detect potentially stressful situationsUser’s emotional state is then monitored through their use of language PUBLISHED: 02:50 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:50 GMT, 26 March 2013 The app works out the size of nearby crowds to detect situations where a user might get stressed Smartphone users will be able to lead a happier life thanks to a new app designed to beat stress. The Android Remote Sensing app (AIRS), developed at Cambridge University, analyses a person’s location, weather, noise levels, calendar events, emails, texts and calls. It can even work out the size of nearby crowds to detect situations where a user might get stressed
Budget 2013: Corporation tax slashed to 20% and ALL firms to get 2,000 National Insurance cut to boost business and encourage small companies to hire staff Chancellor has already slashed the headline tax rate from 28% to 24%Due to fall to 23% next month, 21% in April 2014 and now 20% in 2015But some bosses believe it should be cut lower than the 12.5% in Ireland Employers' NI contributions will be reduced by 2,000 for every company /13″ class=”blkBorder” /> Going down: This graph from figures on the Institute for Fiscal Studies website shows how the standard rate of corporation tax has dropped from 34 per cent in 1990/91 to 24 per cent in 2012/13 Announcing the cut to 21 per cent in the Autumn Statement last December, Mr Osborne said it was ‘the lowest rate of any major western economy’. He added: ‘It is an advert for our country that says come here, invest here, create jobs here. Britain is open for business.’ Tax experts said a further cut could be on the way in the Budget
David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate in move that could put 250 in pockets of every British taxpayer By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 14 February 2013 Change: David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown. The Treasury is thought to be considering plans that have been drawn up by Conservative MPs for a chunk of taxable income – probably the first 2,500 – to be taxed at 10p in the pound rather than the current rate of 20p.
Homeowners stung as mortgages rates hit four-year high despite Bank of England base rate remaining at historic low By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 19 January 2013 Mortgage worries: Homeowners are having to face rising costs Homeowners are being stung by the highest variable mortgage rates for nearly four years despite the Bank of England keeping the base rate at an historic low. Official figures show the average standard variable rate mortgage deal, known as the SVR, from a bank or building society charges an interest rate of 4.35 per cent.
Anger as prostate cancer lags behind in research spending despite being the most common form of disease Just 400 is spent on research per case diagnosedBreast cancer receives 853 per diagnosed caseProstate Cancer UK says disease is 'not on the radar'One man an hour dies from prostate cancer By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:09 GMT, 1 January 2013 Prostate cancer – the most common form of the disease in men – is bottom of the league for research spending, figures reveal. The disease lies in 20th place, with just over 400 spent on research per case diagnosed.