A government with a big majority may be better positioned to change the pension tax relief system

They say that a week is a long time in politics.  So the fortnight since I posted this article on the Lifetime ISA and potential changes to pension tax reliefs could now be considered an age. For yesterday’s surprise announcement of another General Election in the UK once again throws many certainties and assumptions on […]

19 April 2017 by Steve Herbert

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The Lifetime ISA may not pose a threat to traditional pensions while current tax reliefs remain in place

Last month’s very public government U-turn on the decision to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed was largely delivered because of pressure from the Tory back-benches rather than HM’s Official Opposition.  This only serves to underline how precarious the Government’s current position is.  For at least the next two years the Administration must seek […]

6 April 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Tax free childcare is finally due to launch next month, but will the ship leave harbour?

Yesterday the Chancellor confirmed that the government “flagship” policy of Tax Free Childcare is still intended to launch in April this year. Some may argue that this action is well overdue.  This new policy has been awaiting its maiden voyage since it was first announced by the then Coalition government way back in 2013, and […]

9 March 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Government can reach the ‘Just about Managing’ by giving more help to working parents

You don’t need me to tell you that Chancellor Philip Hammond faces another delicate balancing act come the Spring Budget in March.  With the UK’s future still far from clear, the Chancellor must show leadership with his decisions to ensure that – in his own words – the economy is “match-fit” for whatever uncertainties lie […]

17 February 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Productivity and the poverty premium

As we enter 2017 it is becoming increasingly apparent to all that the likely future trading relationships of the UK are still very much a work in progress.  No one truly knows what lies ahead for the country, yet this lack of detail should not deter employers from taking action to ensure that each and […]

6 January 2017 by Steve Herbert

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ImPeTuous tax rise?

Steve Herbert suspects that yet another increase to Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) could be an own-goal for the UK Budgets (and Autumn Statements) must be amongst the most stressful and challenging times for any Chancellor of the Exchequer.  Even more so when the presiding government is in the early stages of negotiation to decide the […]

2 December 2016 by Steve Herbert

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Pensions – sounding the retreat?

Last week the government announced a major U-turn in pension policy.  George Osborne’s much heralded March 2015 announcement to allow pensioners to sell their annuities in exchange for a lump sum was cancelled just a few months before it was due to go live.  The government’s statement on this issue can be read here. Yet […]

25 October 2016 by Steve Herbert

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Pensions Advice: A casualty no more?

You probably don’t need me to tell you that UK pension savings have been undergoing a rather radical set of alterations in recent years.  The last decade has seen changes large and small, with the most significant including pensions “simplification”, auto-enrolment, charge caps, commission bans, and – most recently – the introduction of Pension Freedoms. […]

9 October 2016 by Steve Herbert

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From Arkwright’s to Amazon

Napoleon Bonaparte once derisively described Britain as a “nation of shopkeepers”. It was and is a rather lame insult, but like many such comments contains more than a grain of truth.  For despite our tiny geographical presence the UK remains one of the largest economies in the world. So shopkeepers and business people we Brits […]

28 September 2016 by Steve Herbert

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Brexit and the phoney war

In September 1939 the UK declared war on Germany.  Immediately after this announcement the air-raid sirens were sounded causing widespread panic in London.  Yet for most Brits the horrors of war were not to become apparent for another 8 months.  This period of unexpected calm became known in the history books as the “phoney war”. […]

1 September 2016 by Steve Herbert

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