Archive: Aug 2017

LISA savers face losing their £1,000 bonus

The Lifetime ISA (LISA) which launched in April 2017 enables savers to subscribe up to £4,000 a year and receive a government bonus of 25% of the money saved every year until age 50. Anyone from 18 to 39 is able to open a LISA and the funds are accessible, penalty-free and tax-free, either at retirement from age 60, […]

Women rertirement age

The effect of raising the female state pension age

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has issued a working paper examining “the effect of raising the female state pension age on income, poverty and deprivation”. It offers a variety of interesting and sometimes counter-intuitive insights to the reform, which was originally set in train by the Pensions Act 1995. For example: Between 2010/11 and 2015/2016, the […]

The Government should keep its hands off our pensions!

The Government should remove the £1m lifetime allowance and keep it’s hands off our Pensions! Changes in pensions legislation have had more impact than anything else I have experienced as a financial planner. The most significant development was the sweeping changes to pensions announced in the Labour government’s 2004 budget, which came into effect on […]