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Pensions
Not in the NIC of time

Not in the NIC of time

A useful new web tool has emerged, a little late in the game, in a joint effort from two government departments. In early 2023, HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) found they were unable to cope with the volume generated by a 5 April cut-off date...

Lifestyle
Probate fees on the rise

Probate fees on the rise

The fees for obtaining probate in England and Wales have increased. The fee charged to obtain probate in England and Wales has been increased from £273 to £300 (10%) and for confirmation in Scotland, which has a sliding scale by 2%. Northern Ireland revised its...

Pensions
The WASPI saga continues

The WASPI saga continues

Many women born in the 1950s should be paid compensation for a shortfall in their pensions according to a new report. The WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign has been running for nine years. In that time, it has consistently argued that women...

Tax
The Child Benefit Tax Rule Changes

The Child Benefit Tax Rule Changes

The child benefit tax rule changes One of the few surprises in the Spring Budget was the change affecting how child benefit is taxed for higher earners. The high income child benefit charge (HICBC or ‘hicbic’) was introduced in January 2013 to reduce child benefit...

Investment
The UK ISA Slides Into View

The UK ISA Slides Into View

The UK ISA slides into view One of the many well-trailed announcements in the Spring Budget was the launch of a UK ISA. However, both its arrival and interest may be uncertain. Alongside the Budget, the Treasury published a consultation paper on a possible fifth...