pre-Budget report 2008

Pre-Budget "cheated" pensioners

Thursday, 27 November 2008 | News

The pre-Budget report will make it harder for pensioners to buy missing national insurance (NI) contributions, according to pensions experts.

Bag a bargain this weekend

Friday, 28 November 2008 | News

VAT will decrease to 15% from 1 December but people planning to hit the shops this weekend could still be able to find a bargain or two thanks to a price war breaking out between the major retailers.

Darling promises action on mortgage lending

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

The chancellor Alistair Darling says the government is doing everything it can to increase the supply of mortgages following last month’s recapitalisation of the major banks.

Pensioners hit by allowance freeze

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

The chancellor has quietly announced that the pension lifetime allowance will be frozen at £1.8 million for five years from 2010/11 – a measure that could penalise an individual by as much as £275,000.

Darling offers helping hand to business

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

Chancellor Alistair Darling has attempted to smoothe over the damage the credit crisis has wreaked on smaller businesses.

Darling pledges more help for energy bills

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

Alistair Darling has promised an extra £100 million to help people insulate their homes, as part of a range of new measures designed to help people struggling to meet the cost of rising energy bills.

Mortgages and housing: all talk and no action?

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

Alistair Darling used the pre-Budget report to announce the launch of a new lending panel that he says will improve problems in the mortgage and housing markets.

Boost for pensioners

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

Pensioners are set to receive a financial boost as early as January 2009 after chancellor Alistair Darling pledged to pump up benefits and the state pension.

Fuel duty to be phased in

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

The chancellor Alistair Darling has unveiled what he says are "powerful incentives" for drivers to turn to more environmentally-friendly vehicles.

High earners hit with 45% income tax

Monday, 24 November 2008 | News

The UK’s highest earners are perhaps the biggest losers from this year’s pre-Budget report, as chancellor Alistair Darling confirms that a third rate of income tax will be introduced for people on more than £150,000 a year.