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Treasury shelves salary sacrifice crackdown over Brexit fears

The Treasury will postpone plans to crack down on salary sacrifice arrangements until after the referendum on EU membership, Money Marketing understands. In the March Budget the Government dropped controversial reforms that would have redrawn the pension tax relief system. But it said it would consult on restricting the workplace benefits that attract National Insurance […]

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One in three advisers carry out insistent client transfers

Nearly one in three (29 per cent) advisers will advise and transact defined benefit to defined contribution transfers for insistent clients, FCA data has revealed. In addition, nearly half (47 per cent) will advise and transact safeguarded benefits work even against their recommendation. An FCA survey of around 200 advisers conducted to inform the financial […]

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Early state pension for women could cost £2.3bn a year

The Government faces a £2.3bn a year hit if it offers women affected by the increases in the state pension age early access, according to figures from Government actuaries. Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into offering early access in response to a campaign for transitional measures for women born in the 1950s, […]

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Tesco launches into mortgage broker market

Tesco Bank has made its long-awaited entry into the broker market. Tesco Mortgage Intermediaries is being offered first through London & Country, then through Legal & General’s Nouveau panel in the coming months. It has trackers starting from 1.35 per cent, two-year fixed rates from 1.67 per cent and five-year fixes from 2.34 per cent. […]

A DGT with 100% access and 100% discount?

Clare Moffat, Technical Manager, looks at the benefits of pensions from an IHT perspective. 100% access and 100% discount – what type of wrapper could this be? A pension! Post flexibility there is 100% access (for those over 55) and normally pensions are inheritance tax (IHT) free. With flexibility the options available on death mean […]

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