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The Autumn Statement – an overview

The Autumn Statement – an overview

Category: Money

Updated: 06/12/2013
First Published: 05/12/2013

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Earlier today Chancellor George Osborne announced his plans for the economy in his annual Autumn Statement. Speculation was rife about the policies he would or wouldn't implement – would child trust fund (CTF) transfers be allowed? Will there be a lifetime ISA limit? What about fuel duty?

Well, now we know, and while some changes were welcomed there were other aspects that weren't so widely appreciated – and some expected improvements failed to materialise at all.

Here's a quick overview of the key financial points so you can see how it'll affect you and your money:

  • The annual ISA limit has increased in line with inflation. In the tax year 2014/15 the total amount that an individual can hold in an ISA will be £11,880, £600 more than the current tax year, with the amount either being held wholly in a stocks and shares ISA or split between that and a cash ISA (the cash ISA limit will be £5,940).
  • There'll be no lifetime limit on the amount that can be saved in ISAs (there were rumours that the Government would implement a cap of £100,000).
  • In a disappointing turn, transfers between CTFs and junior ISAs are still not allowed.
  • Peer-to-peer lending won't be included in the ISA allowance as previously expected.
  • The personal income tax allowance will rise to £10,000 from April 2014, and will increase according to inflation figures thereafter.
  • Transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners from 2015, allowing them to transfer up to £1,000 of their personal income tax allowance to their partner.
  • State pension age set to increase to 68 in the mid-2030s and to 69 by the mid-2040s – meaning those currently in their 30s won't get a state pension until they're 69.
  • In April 2014, state pension will rise by £2.95 per week.
  • More banks set to join the mortgage guarantee element of Help to Buy, including Aldermore and Virgin Money who will launch products sooner than planned.
  • Employer National Insurance contributions to be scrapped on millions of jobs for young people.
  • Fuel duty is scrapped and petrol taxes will stay frozen – a planned rise of 2p/litre won't materialise.
  • Business rates are to be capped at 2% rather than being linked to retail prices inflation, with some premises eligible for a discount.
  • Changes to the capital gains tax system, including making non-residents (and potentially expats) who sell property in the UK liable to pay tax.
  • There'll be a boost to the Government's start-up loans scheme to help fledgling businesses.

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