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Labour won’t pursue heavy-handed regulation

A Labour government would avoid heavy-handed regulation, according to shadow chancellor Ed Balls, despite plans for a bank bonus tax and to raise the top rate of income tax. Speaking to the Financial Times, Balls said that Labour would seek to institute a 50p income tax rate throughout the next parliament, but would also seek […]

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Think-tank: UK market still well suited to annuities despite pension freedoms

Despite the pension reforms the UK market remains well suited to annuitisation, influential think-tank the Pensions Policy Institute says. In a report, sponsored by the Investment Association and The People’s Pension, the PPI compares the UK system with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the US. It says that despite the new freedoms – which allow […]

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Lib Dems promise flat-rate pension tax relief review

The Liberal Democrats have promised to embark on a review of plans to introduce a single rate of pensions tax relief. The policy, unveiled today in the Lib Dem manifesto, commits the party to an investigation of plans long demanded by pensions minister Steve Webb. The manifesto says: “We will establish a review to consider […]

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Gross lending forecasts set to be revised down as market falters

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ gross mortgage lending target looks set to be missed this year as the market becomes more subdued, say industry experts. In December the CML forecast gross lending of £222bn in 2015, up by 8.8 per cent from £204bn last year, and rising to £240bn in 2016. But in a “state […]

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ISA boost

Helen O’Hagan explores how clients could take advantage of generous limits available at tax year end within their ISA. Due to their tax efficiency it’s well worth your clients taking advantage of the generous limits available each tax year within their ISA to help them build up their savings. The current ISA limit of £20,000 […]

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