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Renewable VCTs and EIS thrown into doubt

The Government will ban enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trusts from benefiting from renewable energy subsidies. Budget documents reveal the rules for the tax-efficient vehicles will be amended to exclude those benefiting from state subsidies for renewables, known as renewables obligation certificates.  Many renewables VCTs and EIS companies make a substantial proportion of their income […]


Colin Jelley: A Budget which redefined financial planning

Chancellor George Osborne announced a Budget for Makers, Doers and Savers. I believe that this Budget will be the most impactful on client-centric retail financial services propositions for many years. The impact on Makers will be significant with the doubling of the annual investment allowance from £250,000 to £500,000 from the end of 2015, the […]


Robert Reid: Budget provides best advert for professional advice

Everyone told us that the time for face to face advice was limited (I hesitate to use the word restricted) but now the Chancellor is providing £20m towards advice at retirement. Advice was the term used in the speech but the detailed papers talk of guidance. I assume like the term information, it remains different […]

Snap Budget poll shows public backing for annuity reforms

Two-thirds of the public support Chancellor George Osborne’s pensions reforms in a snap YouGov poll taken after the Budget. YouGov data shows the decision to allow people to take their pension pots as cash is opposed by 8 per cent while 26 per cent said they don’t know what to make of the reforms. From […]


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