A Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) assessment of the potential impacts of a 1.25% increase in national insurance contributions (NICs) for employers, sole traders and employees indicates that the move could cause 50,000 more people to be left out of work. The estimate is based on bringing together the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)’s estimates…

House purchase lending volumes in June reached the highest monthly level on record, with Q2 2021 house purchase the highest quarterly figures in 13 years according to UK Finance’s latest Household Finance Review. The Q2 Review also highlights that credit card spending and personal loan take-up have increased as the hospitality and entertainment industries reopened…

British business confidence reached its highest level in more than four years in August, according to a poll by Lloyds Bank. Lloyds’ monthly business barometer rose by 6 percentage points to +36%, the highest since April 2017, while optimism in the economy rose by six percentage points following a dip in July. More than a…

UK Finance has announced that the national roll-out of the new £100 spending limit for contactless card payments will begin from 15th October 2021. The decision to raise the contactless limit from £45 to £100 was made by HM Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority following a public consultation and in discussion with both the…

New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that over 400 constituencies are set to see over one in three working-age families with children impacted by the planned cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit. The 413 parliamentary constituencies across Great Britain will see over a third of working-age families with children hit…

New research from Citizens Advice has highlighted the potential impact of a cut to Universal Credit this October. The research of over 2,000 people on Universal Credit shows more than a third (38%) would be in debt after paying just their essential bills if their benefits drop by £20 a week. This is equivalent to…

While the UK economy continues its gradual encouraging pandemic recovery, signs are growing that the coming winter will be deeply financially difficult for many UK households, according to the August 2021 Money Statistics, produced by The Money Charity. Along with warmer weather and the ending of lockdown restrictions, the start of the summer period brought…

Higher prices for food, petrol and other everyday goods are leaving households struggling to meet these rising costs according to the latest Household Financial Confidence Tracker from comparethemarket.com. The research says that as coronavirus restrictions lift, the vaccine roll-out continues and the economy recovers, resulting inflationary pressures are leaving many families with children worried about affording day…

The TUC is calling on the government to establish a permanent short-time working scheme as ‘a post-pandemic legacy’ to help protect working people through periods of future economic change. The trad reunion says the furlough scheme, while far from perfect, is one of the major successes of government policy during the pandemic, protecting millions of…

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