Mortgage & Protection News

Keeping you up to date
tax year

The new tax year is coming

Key dates for 2019

1 April

  • National Living Wage (for age 25+) rises to £8.21.
  • National Minimum Wage rises to £7.70 (21 – 24-year olds), £6.15 (18 – 20-year olds), £4.35 (16 – 17-year olds), and £3.90 (apprentices under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship).
  • Council tax bills rise up to 4.99%
  • Universal Credit for households with children and those with disabilities will to go up £1,000.

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critical illness

Critical Illness Insurance

If you became critically ill and unable to work, could you cope financially?

Some things are more reliable than others – monthly bills, for example. Young or old, single or married, we all have financial obligations to meet each month; be it luxuries, like a satellite TV subscription or mobile phone contract, or the real essentials – like keeping a roof over your/your family’s head.

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The importance of trusts

Trusts are usually simple to set up, but it’s important to select the right type of Trust.

What is a Trust?

A Trust helps ensure a pay-out goes to the people you’d like to benefit from your protection policy – should the worst happen. As the ‘settler’ (the person who creates the Trust), you can choose the people who will benefit (the ‘beneficiaries’). The Trust defines how and when they can receive the money from the insurance company.
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Six years on from Automatic Enrolment

Six years on from Automatic Enrolment

Six years on from the launch of Automatic Enrolment in workplace pensions figures show there are close to 10million UK workers saving for retirement. But a recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey revealed 13% of people believe they don’t know enough about pensions to save into one. So, do you know if you are saving in to a workplace pension, how much you are saving or how much you need to save?

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