Politics

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Lib Dems join calls for contingent charging ban on DB transfers

The Liberal Democrats have called for contingent charging on pension transfers to be banned because it is “against the public interest”. Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for work and pensions, argues it is impossible for advisers to give impartial advice when the adviser only gets paid if the consumer chooses to transfer out. This […]

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Chancellor calls for review of ‘complex’ inheritance tax

Chancellor Philip Hammond has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to review the inheritance tax regime. In a letter dated 19 January, Hammond noted the system is “particularly complex” and wants to hear proposals the OFT has to simplify it. Hammond added the review should focus on technical issues such as how returns are submitted […]

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Major parties accused of using ‘made up’ tax avoidance figures

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians are using “made up assumptions” of increased revenue generated by targeting tax evasion and avoidance, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Tackling tax evasion and avoidance has proved a huge part of this year’s election campaign since HSBC was found to be aiding clients of its Swiss private […]

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

The Liberal Democrats is to announce plans to give local authorities power to double council tax on second homes. The announcement comes as part of a “Countryside Charter” unveiled today in Cornwall by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems hope that by allowing councils to charge up to 200 per cent council tax, […]

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Tory ‘Right to Buy’ extension slammed by political rivals

Conservative plans to extend the Right to Buy programme to housing association tenants were slammed in last night’s BBC opposition leaders debate.  The Tories announced the plans ahead of their manifesto launch last week, promising that 1.3 million tenants could qualify for discounts of up to 35 per cent in seeking to buy housing association […]

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Tories pledge to extend Right to Buy

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce today that a Conservative government would extend the Right to Buy programme to 1.3m housing association tenants. Some 500,000 housing association tenants can currently purchase their homes under the existing “Right to Acquire” scheme. The Conservatives would also raise the discount offered to housing association tenants to match the […]

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Labour targets £7.5bn tax evasion clampdown

Labour has claimed it will reduce tax avoidance and evasion by £7.5bn a year by the middle of the next parliament.  The party has also pledged to reduce pensions tax relief for higher earners, alongside similar plans by the Conservatives. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls laid out the target this weekend as part of a ten-point […]

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Tories to raid pensions tax relief to slash IHT

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged the Conservatives will create a new threshold for inheritance tax of £1m if elected. The changes would come into effect from April 2017, and will be funded by restrictions on pensions tax relief for those earning more than £150,000.  Annual allowances for savings will be tiered on earnings between […]

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Lib Dems unveil £2,000 ‘Help to Rent’ loans plan

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled a new campaign pledge to help young working adults rent their own homes with government-backed loans. People will be able to borrow up to £1,500, or £2,000 in London, to go towards a tenancy deposit in England. Borrowers need to be between 18 and 30, in paid employment and not […]

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Experts blast ‘misguided’ Labour non-dom plans

Plans to end tax loopholes allowing individuals to claim non-domiciled status are “reckless” and “misguided”, according to economics experts. Labour announced plans to stop individuals claiming non-dom status this morning, and Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the plans will raise “hundreds of millions” in tax revenue. However, the Centre for Economics and Business Research […]