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Inflation

United Kingdom Inflation Rate 1989-2018 The UK consumer price inflation eased to 3 percent in December 2017 from a near six-year high of 3.1 percent in the previous month, as widely expected. Prices rose at a softer pace for transport, recreation and culture, housing and utilities, and food and non-alcoholic beverages. Inflation Rate in the United Kingdom averaged 2.58 percent from 1989 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 8.50 percent in April of 1991 and a record low of -0.10 percent in April of 2015.

Consumer prices index (CPI) is the government's preferred measure of inflation. It is used for international comparison and the government inflation target for the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. It is available as an index from January 1997, with estimates back to 1988. It excludes mortgage interest payments and council tax. As of the 2010 budget, CPI as part of the triple-lock, is used to index state pensions in place of RPI.

Why is inflation important? Keeping a …

The Dividend Allowance

Is this dividend allowance cut still going ahead? Although this dividend allowance cut was dropped from the Finance Bill 2017 as a result of the General Election, it will go ahead as planned from April 2018, as it was re-introduced into a second Finance Bill (published on 8th September). The Bill received Royal Assent on 16th November 2017.

What is the dividend allowance? The dividend allowance was only implemented in April 2016, as part of a radical shake-up in the way dividends are taxed. Prior to this date, under the tax credit system, dividends were paid to shareholders net, and multiplied by 10/9 to produce the gross dividend upon which dividend tax was levied.

Since the new rules came into play in April 2016, dividends are subject to new tax rates (basic – 7.5%, higher – 32.5% and additional – 38.1%). This has placed a significant additional tax burden on limited company owners. The one concession was the creation of a tax-free ‘dividend allowance’ applied to the first £5,000 o…