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This note summarises the main pension rules in terms of the contribution and benefit limits, the treatment during the accumulation phase and the exit options (including death benefits), matters which should be considered for any investment, and to provide our general guidance and comments.

“….get it done” was a recurrent phrase in the Budget speech of the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. It could equally have been “get it spent” or “get it borrowed” as Mr Sunak announced a raft of spending initiatives with few supporting tax increases.

This note summarises the main pension rules in terms of the contribution and benefit limits, the treatment during the accumulation phase and the exit options (including death benefits), matters which should be considered for any investment, and to provide our general guidance and comments.

“...austerity is coming to an end – but discipline will remain” were the words the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, used to summarise his October Budget speech. That balance between continued cuts and excessive borrowing was evident in the measures announced.

This note summarises the main pension rules in terms of the contribution and benefit limits, the treatment during the accumulation phase and the exit options (including death benefits), matters which should be considered for any investment, and to provide our general guidance and comments.

The Chancellor’s Budget on 8 March was the first of two due in 2017. The final spring Budget came little more than three months after an Autumn Statement that suggested government finances had taken a post-referendum turn for the worse.

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement will also be his last. In 2017 there will be a Spring Budget followed by an Autumn Budget. In early 2018 there will be the first Spring Statement. The Chancellor presented his Autumn Statement against a background of reduced growth forecasts and the “urgent” need to tackle the long-term weaknesses of the UK economy.

This was the third Budget within the space of 12 months. It threatened to be the most difficult of the trio because of constraints imposed by June’s EU referendum and disappointing economic numbers.

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