Pensions

As independent financial advisers we will be the first to emphasise that securing your own financial wellbeing when you stop working for whatever reason is a fundamental part of financial planning. However, for those individuals who are in the fortunate position of regularly saving an adequate sum for their own retirement and still have some surplus income, other goals and “nic ...

The Chancellor Philip Hammond presented his second Autumn Budget on Monday 29 October 2018. In his speech he stated that ‘austerity is coming to an end - but discipline will remain’. He also promised a ‘double deal dividend’ if the Brexit negotiations are successful but stated that there may be a full-scale Spring Budget in 2019 if not. You can find more information on the Bud ...

HMRC has launched a consultation on draft proposals to ban pensions cold calling. Under the proposals, unsolicited marketing calls relating to pensions could be banned, alongside cold calls that offer a ‘free pension review’. The government also outlined its intention to ban cold calls that promote retirement income products, such as drawdown. The consultation closed on 17 A ...

Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the UK is widely misunderstood and the subject of a number of myths. Here are five of them….. Myth 1: My partner will inherit everything free of IHT Many people assume that if they are married or in a civil partnership, IHT will not be an issue for them. But they may be wrong, as the family of comedian Rik Mayall discovered a few years ago. Although t ...

Today (25 May) marks the biggest change to UK data protection law in a generation.    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an evolution of the current Data Protection Act (1998) and comes into effect today. Regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the new law gives people more control about how their data is used, shared and stored and requires or ...

The Pensions Regulator has announced that the number of employers meeting their workplace pension duties has reached one million and that statistics show that approximately 9.3 million people are saving into a pension. TPR’s Director of Automatic Enrolment, Darren Ryder, said: ‘I am delighted we have reached this important landmark, which shows how far we have come since the ...

There is a little known tax perk which cuts the cost of financial advice by up to £310 a year. It is in respect of legislation that came in to force last November in respect of pension advice vouchers. Employees can swap up to £500 of their pay each tax year for a pension advice voucher through salary sacrifice. The voucher can then be used to obtain financial advice about any ...

The government has announced proposals to extend pensions auto enrolment to include younger workers and to amend the way in which contributions are calculated. According to the press release: ‘The review’s recommendations, which will now be progressed and legislated for where necessary, will see: automatic enrolment duties continuing to apply to all employers, regardless o ...

The Pensions Regulator is reminding employers that they need to comply with their auto enrolment duties. Automatic enrolment still applies to temporary staff this Christmas With the festive season fast approaching, employers may be planning to take on temporary staff to help their business survive the rush. Automatic enrolment applies to these employees in the same way as per ...

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun carrying out employer spot checks to make sure employers are complying with their automatic enrolment duties and that they are giving their staff the workplace pensions they’re entitled to. According to the TPR these inspections help them to understand any challenges employers are facing, and whether TPR need to make any changes to their g ...