Pension reforms could cost £5 billion

The pension reforms introduced by George Osborne could cost £5 billion and push house prices up in the long term, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The report examined the projected economic effects of a range of the ex-chancellor’s...

Lifetime ISAs

A guide to the Lifetime ISA. Announced by Chancellor George Osborne in Budget 2016 and launching on 6 April 2017, the Lifetime ISA is designed to provide a tax-efficient option for people saving for a first home or retirement. Buying a first home and saving for...

150,000 secure home ownership from Help to Buy

More than 150,000 people have bought a home using the Help to Buy Scheme since its launch in 2013. The mortgage guarantee scheme, which allows lenders to buy a guarantee on mortgage loans, has proved popular with first-time buyers. The Treasury reports that 79% of...

“Real test” for auto-enrolment ahead

Auto-enrolment has been a success for larger employers, but the “real test” lied ahead as smaller employers begin to enrol their employees, a report by the Public Accounts Committee has concluded. 1.8 million smaller employers will soon begin the process, but the...