Six ways to ensure you aren’t paying too much tax

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 05/16/2022 - 11:44pm

With the average British household now paying £1.1 million in taxes over their lifetime, Perrys Chartered Accountants provides its six top tips to make sure you aren’t overpaying.

1. Check your tax code

If you’re a full or part-time employee you’re likely to be paying tax via pay-as-you-earn (PAYE). This means your income tax is deducted at source and goes straight to HMRC. Your tax code is essentially a few numbers and a letter, for example 1257L, and it’s shown on your payslip. Those few digits can make quite a difference to the amount of tax you’re paying, and it’s...

Managing loneliness following a relationship breakdown

Taking place between the 9th and 15th of May, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on loneliness, including its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.

The theme is particularly important following the pandemic when many people were isolated from loved ones and friends, with the government’s latest ‘Community Life Survey’ showing that approximately 3 million people in England feel lonely often or always.

Here, Jane Robey, the CEO of the charity National Family Mediation (NFM) which helps families...

Free webinars to help parents and carers of teenagers or pre-teens

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 02/25/2022 - 12:32pm

An online series of webinars starting next month aim to help parents and carers understand and support their teenagers to navigate the challenges they might face as they grow up in today’s world .

‘Let’s Talk Teenagers’ is a three part webinar for parents and carers of teenagers or pre-teens. The sessions cover different subject areas starting with communities and family life (March 8) and followed by respectful relationships (March 15) and building stronger families (March 22), all at 7pm.

It’s the result of a Devon partnership of professionals and local networks that...

Foster carers needed across Exeter as England gears up for nation-wide career change

With more than half of Britons intending to make changes to their careers because of the coronavirus pandemic, a national social enterprise is calling on people across Exeter to consider ‘a rewarding career in fostering’.

The UK is currently undergoing a substantial career assessment following the coronavirus pandemic, in what many economists are calling ‘The Great Resignation’. A recent report has found 60% of people intend to make changes to their career as a result of the pandemic and a quarter of respondents plan to move jobs within three to six months.

With over 35...

Curious About Exeter - Quirky heritage walks for the Curious!

Curious About Exeter - Quirky heritage walks for the Curious!

Event Date: 
10/12/2021 - 11:00am to 31/12/2022 - 4:00pm
Exeter City Centre, starting Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX4 3RY

Have fun (re-)discovering Exeter, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks - a safe, fun and affordable way to enjoy some fresh air. Buy in printed booklet or instant download format (to print at home or use directly on up to three mobile devices) from and explore in your own time. Use code: Exeter15 for 15% off all Curious About walks.

Curious About Exeter visits not just the obvious places, but some unusual ones too, with hidden treasures to discover. Suitable for all ages, the walks...

Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at RSPB Darts Farm

Event Date: 
26/11/2021 - 10:45pm
RSPB Shop, Darts Farm, Topsham Rd, Exeter EX3 0QH

Get up close to nature and pop along to the festive RSPB Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekends this December. The charity is running this event at their Darts Farm shop in Topsham.

Event title : Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at RSPB Darts Farm.

Event description : This popular event is the perfect opportunity to try binoculars and telescopes outdoors, surrounded by wildlife at Darts Farm. They’re fun, friendly and interactive days, when a variety of binoculars and telescopes will be on display for you to check out, as well as get friendly, impartial advice...

Free school meals holiday vouchers doubled for Christmas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/22/2021 - 4:57pm

Families in Devon on low-incomes, whose children receive free school meals, will get extra support this Christmas to help them buy food during the holidays.

Over the past Devon County Council has provided supermarket vouchers worth £15 per child per week of the school holidays to families who qualify for free school meals, so their children don’t go hungry.

We’re doubling that for Christmas, with an extra one-off £30 supermarket voucher, so families will receive a £60 voucher per child for the two-weeks to help with the additional financial pressure the festive period...

Robert Peston calls on Devon solicitors to aid charity campaign

ITV journalist Robert Peston is calling on solicitors in Devon to sign up to a charity campaign this November as the pandemic has left hundreds of local people waiting to write a will.

Some 49% of people in the UK do not have a will – and the coronavirus pandemic has seen a surge in demand for help from local solicitors.

The annual Will Aid campaign is helping meet the demand, but more support is needed from local firms who are receiving hundreds of enquiries from across the county.

The campaign not only helps both regular people up and down the UK communicate...

Picture showing the fixture details of Red Roses versus Black Ferns

Win Red Roses tickets with Live and Move and Exeter Leisure

Families in Exeter have the chance this week to win passes to the long-awaited international rugby match between England’s Red Roses and the New Zealand Black Ferns, taking place at Sandy Park later this month.

To be in with a chance of winning one of three family passes to the game, participants are invited to take a selfie of themselves or a photo of the family walking a section of Exeter’s Green Circle – a 12-mile walking and cycling route that takes in the five valley parks within the boundaries of the city.

Exeter Leisure and Live and Move, Exeter and Cranbrook’s Sport...

Fostered children lend their voice to new recruitment campaign

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 09/19/2021 - 11:13pm

Devon County Council has produced three animations using the real voices of young people who now live in foster care.

It's the first time real voices of fostered teens have been used to help promote their fostering service.

The council hopes it will prompt people who have thought about becoming foster parents to come forward to help fill a shortfall, and encourage others to consider it.

The digital campaign features three incredible young people - Bobby, Rosie and Phill.

Phill wants to go to University or join the Navy.

"When I first moved in I...