National insurance planning

An overview of the types of national insurance and advice on how to make sure you don’t pay too much. Since its introduction in 1911, national insurance (NI) has changed from a form of protection against ill-health and unemployment to include a wider range of benefits. Today it helps people build entitlement to the state… Continue reading National insurance planning

IHT receipts increase year on year

Inheritance tax (IHT) receipts totalled £4.7 billion in 2015/16, a 22% increase on the previous year. Without taking inflation into account, this is the highest receipts have been since the IHT system was introduced in 1986.

Hourly minimum wage 1st October 2016

New hourly national minimum wage (NMW) rates come into effect on 1 October 2016. Employers are already legally required to pay eligible workers who are 25 or over the national living wage (NLW) of £7.20 an hour.

Apprenticeship training costs

Employers with 50 employees or fewer will have up to 100% of their apprenticeship training costs funded by the government. The government has announced more details about its apprenticeship programme and the funding that will be available to businesses that take on apprentices. The proposals relate to the reform of apprentice funding in May 2017.