The Treasury‘s stamp duty haul has fallen by more than at any point in the past decade, as fears of Brexit continue to hit the struggling housing market. Stamp duty receipts from residential property fell by more than £900m in 2018-19 to £8.4bn, figures released by HM Revenue & Customs show a 10% decrease.
Thousands of homeowners in their 50s used high-interest equity release loans last year to unlock cash from their properties. But experts have warned that interest payments could erode the total value of the properties leaving retirees unable to downsize and with no inheritance to pass onto children.
House price inflation in the UK has stagnated since the Brexit vote amid ongoing uncertainty and political turmoil. In a signal of Brexit’s negative impact on the housing market, September was the worst month for house price growth in the UK for more than six years, according to mortgage lender Halifax.
When it comes to saving money, many people will chose to put some aside for their children’s future. However, a Child Trust Fund set up by the Government could mean children already have up to £1,000 in the bank. Although many will save money for their children’s future, one scheme means their child could already have up to £1000 in a Child Trust Fund.
Since the end of August savings rates have tumbled unceremoniously, making life harder for savers looking for a good deal. So, what is going on? There are several plausible explanations for the raft of rate cuts from saving providers. And much of it joins together to paint a wider negative picture.