The UK economy grew by more than initially estimated at the start of this year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The economy grew by 0.7% between January and March 2024, up from the previous figure of 0.6%. Growth in the UK services sector helped to push it even higher, the ONS said. The positive news on growth followed the UK inflation rate ...

The amount needed for a single person to have a moderate retirement has risen to £31,300, according to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). The rising cost of living and an increased importance on socialising following the pandemic had pushed up the income required by £8,000, the PLSA said. The PLSA uses evidence from focus groups to make the estimates, and t ...

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will deliver the 2024 Spring Budget on 6 March, the government has confirmed. The Budget will include the government's tax and spending plans as well as new growth and borrowing forecasts. It could be the last chance for the government to announce significant changes to tax policy before the general election.The Chancellor used his last big fiscal speec ...

UK inflation fell to a two-year low while the base rate of interest was unchanged by the Bank of England for the second month in a row. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that the UK's rate of Consumer Price Index inflation fell to 4.6% from 6.7% in September.  The ONS found that a small reduction in the energy price cap helped to bring the inflation rate down. Ac ...

The number of payments made with cash rose for the first time in a decade in 2022, according to data published by UK Finance. According to UK Finance, the total number of payments made last year increased to 45.7 billion from 40.4 billion in 2021. 50% of all payments in the UK were made using debit cards, and the number of cash payments rose to 6.4 billion. The data also show ...

HMRC should increase the rewards it pays out to whistleblowers in line with the US system, according to law firm RPC. The tax authority paid out over £509,000 to individuals providing evidence about tax fraud over the past year, RPC's research found. That figure is up from £495,000 in 2021/22 and a 75% increase from the £290,000 paid five years ago, the law firm added. Howev ...

The UK rate of inflation fell to 8.7% in April from 10.1% in March, according to the latest data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The fall has been attributed to energy price rises slowing from their hikes in 2022. The rate at which grocery prices rose slowed marginally in the year to April, but at 19.1% is close to record highs. The ONS said that while food pri ...

The UK narrowly avoided falling into recession in 2022 after the economy saw zero growth between October and December, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Although the economy shrank between July and September, a recession is defined as when the economy contracts for two consecutive three-month periods. Over 2022, GDP grew by 4%, com ...

The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme will be extended by a year to the end of December 2023, helping people with 5% deposits on to the property ladder, the UK government has announced. Under the scheme, the government offers lenders the financial guarantees they need to provide mortgages that cover the other 95%, subject to the usual affordability checks, on a house worth up to £600, ...

The Bank of England (BoE) has raised UK interest rates by half a percentage point to 3.5%. It is the ninth consecutive increase and takes the base rate to its highest level for 14 years as the Bank battles to stem soaring prices. The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted 6-3 in favour of putting rates up by 0.5%. The BoE also warned that further increases may be necess ...