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General Election 2017: How will it affect your personal finances?

The answer to that question depends on two things; the outcome of the election and how you react to the inevitable instability it will cause. At this early stage, the most likely outcome seems to be a Conservative victory, with an increased majority. At least that’s what ...

Record 22% housing market share for first-time buyers

First-time buyers took a record 22% share of the housing market in the fourth quarter of 2016, the highest since records began in 2007. A press release from the Bank of England published on the 14th of March shows that the percentage of first-time buyers ...

Digital tax overhaul will require five returns per year

The upcoming digitisation of the tax reporting system could mean that millions have to file five tax returns a year. The overhaul, called ‘Making Tax Digital’ starts its pilot trial in the 2017/18 tax year, with people being gradually drawn into the system over the following ...

New account launched by National Savings & Investments

After being announced in last year’s budget, the new National Savings & Investments (NS&I) Investment Guaranteed Growth Bond has finally been launched. The bond is a fixed rate product, offering 2.2% gross/AER. The Treasury announced it in November 2016 as a ‘market leading’ savings bond, but ...

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FCA hit by fake email scammers yet again

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is being troubled by fake emails again for the second time in three months. In a statement issued on the 21st of March 2017, the FCA warn of a security breach that has caused emails to be sent out from ...

Shock National Insurance U-turn

In a shock move, that will come as a pleasant mid-week surprise to many, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the government will not proceed with the increase in National Insurance contributions for the self-employed. The main rate of Class 4 National Insurance contributions, applicable to the ...

Budget 2017: Were you a winner or a loser?

Budget 2017 Winners and Losers 150px Will you be better or worse off as a result of today’s Budget? Our summary will tell you, read on to find out. Budget 2014: WinnersWinners Some small business ...

Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

Budget 2017 Everything you need to know 150pxThe Chancellor, Philip Hammond, started his first Budget in a bullish mood, listing the ways the economy had exceeded expectations. He also reported that on International Women’s Day, that there is now a higher proportion of women in work ...