Statistics are showing a slowdown in the rate of improvements on our longevity, but don’t let the headlines mask the reality – your pension income is likely to need to last over 20 years. A recent report shows that life expectancy is still improving, but not as quickly as was once expected. “British life expectancy falls by SIX MONTHS for men and women”….
There comes a time when you stop working for your money and put your money to work for you. For most people, that is retirement. The decisions you make then could have repercussions for the rest of your life, and in recent years there have been some major changes to the retirement choices you can make with your pensions….
Your chances of reaching 100 are probably greater than you imagine. It may sound fanciful, but a 100-year lifespan is well within the bounds of probability. That could have profound implications for your retirement planning. While the average 70-year-old man now has a 4.1% chance of reaching his 100th birthday, an average 40-year-old woman has a nearly 13.8% chance of becoming 100. And the number of people who are likely to live well into their 90s has soared.
Changes to income tax, NICs and pension contributions are coming for 2019/20. One of the few certainties about 2019 is that the new tax rates and thresholds will take effect from the start of the 2019/20 tax year on 6 April and whilst the focus tends to be on year-end tax planning at this time of year, it is important to look forward to the new tax year and the changes that it will bring. From 2019/20 changes will come into effect for key income tax rates and thresholds, as well as pensions.
In early December the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced the thresholds that should apply to automatic enrolment pension contributions from 6 April 2019. We say ‘should’ because, strictly speaking, they need final approval from the Secretary of State, although any change is extremely unlikely. There are three key levels to be aware of:…
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is aiming to expand pension coverage among the self-employed. Pension automatic enrolment – or Workplace Pensions to you and I – has become a major success since it was launched nearly seven years ago, with almost 10 million people joining a workplace pension arrangement…
The State Pension Age (SPA) became equal for men and women for the first time, at age 65, on 6 November 2018. Having reached this landmark, the next stage of SPA increases has already started. For both men and women, the state pension will become payable for anyone born between 6 December 1953 and 5 January 1954 on 6 March 2019. The SPA will then be increased to reach age 66 by October 2020. The SPA is scheduled to rise again as existing legislation already covers the increase from 66 to 67, phased in over two years from April 2026. The same legislation provides for a step up to 68, starting in April 2044.
The 2018 Budget, which was delivered on a Monday for the first time since 1962, produced a number of surprises, not least some high-profile giveaways. We look at how this ‘end to austerity’ will be put into effect.
The announcements in the Budget included:
• A £650 increase in the personal allowance to £12,500 for 2019/20, the level originally pencilled in for 2020/21.
• A £3,650 increase in the higher rate threshold to £50,000, again targeted for 2020/21.
• A £25,000 increase in the pension lifetime allowance to £1,055,000 from April 2019.
• A one-third reduction in business rates on smaller retail premises, starting from next April.
• An increase in the annual investment allowance (AIA), from £200,000 to £1,000,000, from January…..
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is a centre-left think tank that has a long history of influencing Labour Party policy. So, its ideas on tax reform published in the final report of its ‘Commission on Economic Justice’ are of more than just academic interest….
There is absolutely no doubt that pension savings have grown after six years of Automatic Enrolment, but more progress is required to provide most people with better information about what they actually have , how it is invested and how exactly to provide themselves with adequate funds for retirement. Automatic enrolment has clearly sharply reversed the downward trend in Workplace Pension membership, which hit a low of 55% in 2012. Membership was at 84% in 2017 according to the Department for Work and Pensions….