Government raises £701m from inheritance tax receipts in May

‘Neither of the two main political parties have mentioned it’ A lucrative May means inheritance tax (IHT) receipts have hit £1.4bn in just the first two months of the 2024/25 financial year, HM Revenue and Customs figures show. Latest data today (21 June) confirms the hotly debated tax raised £701m in May, meaning the tax take so far for the …

Retirement ProfessionalsGovernment raises £701m from inheritance tax receipts in May

Bank of England’s MPC holds interest rates in 7-2 vote

The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has held rates for a seventh consecutive time. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted 7-2 to maintain Bank Rate at 5.25%, despite inflation falling to the Bank’s 2% target. Two members preferred to reduce Bank Rate by 0.25%, the same as the previous month. The Committee noted that CPI inflation is expected …

Retirement ProfessionalsBank of England’s MPC holds interest rates in 7-2 vote

Inflation falls to Bank of England’s target of 2%

Inflation has returned to target for the first time in almost three years. CPI inflation fell to the Bank of England’s 2% target in May, down from 2.3% in the previous month, the latest ONS figures show. CPI last hit 2% in July 2021, almost three years ago, and has fallen from its peak of 11.1% in October 2022. On …

Retirement ProfessionalsInflation falls to Bank of England’s target of 2%

UK inflation slides to 2.3%

Inflation fell sharply to a near three-year low in April thanks largely to lower energy prices, according to the Office for National Statistics. UK inflation has fallen sharply to its lowest level in nearly three years. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), consumer price index (CPI) inflation fell to 2.3% in April from 3.2% in March. Cooler energy …

Retirement Professionals UK inflation slides to 2.3%

UK economy exits recession on Q1 GDP growth

UK’s gross domestic product grew by 0.6% between January and March. The UK has exited a short-lived technical recession after official figures showed better-than-expected growth in the first quarter. GDP increased by 0.6% between January and March, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), beating some economists’ expectations of a 0.4% lift. The rise – an estimate …

Retirement ProfessionalsUK economy exits recession on Q1 GDP growth

Bank of England votes 7-2 to hold interest rates at 5.25%

The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has held rates for a sixth consecutive time. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted 7-2 to maintain Bank Rate at 5.25%, with two members preferring to reduce Bank Rate by 0.25%. One more member for a rate cut compared to March’s meeting, where the vote was 8-1. Interest rates have now been …

Retirement ProfessionalsBank of England votes 7-2 to hold interest rates at 5.25%