Is the lifetime ISA finally set to take off in 2020?

The help-to-buy ISA closed to new applicants last month, leaving first-time buyers with the one government-backed savings vehicle to consider going into the new year. Launched in December 2015, existing savers into the help-to-buy ISA can continue to save up to £200 a...

Expected tax changes in 2020

Usually, by this time of year we'd have a fairly clear picture of the tax changes set to take effect in April. But 2019 has been unusual in many ways, and as the Budget originally planned in November was cancelled to make way for the general election, there's been no...

Self-employed population nears 5m

The number of self-employed people in the UK is inching ever closer to the five million milestone, official statistics show. The Office for National Statistics' final labour market survey of the decade showed a record 4.96m people were registered as self-employed....

Pension saving levels among women hit 15-year high

Pension saving levels among women have hit a 15-year high, according to research from Scottish Widows. YouGov polled 5,036 adults on behalf of Scottish Widows earlier this year and found that 57% are saving enough for retirement. Average savings among women have...

Warning bells as rental numbers plunge

The UK's housing crisis could be deepening following a report which shows a shortage of new private rental properties on the market. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) latest residential market survey reported a decline in the number or rental...