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Crucial Adjustments to National Insurance, National Living Wage, Pensions, and Child Benefits

  • Publish Date: Posted 16 April 2024
  • Author: Suzy Hollingsworth Assoc CIPD

​As of 6th April 2024, several noteworthy adjustments have been rolled out across various financial spheres in the United Kingdom, catering to the needs of both employees and the self-employed. These revisions, detailed below, are designed to bolster economic resilience and equity within our society while upholding principles of fairness and sustainability.

National Insurance Amendments

A significant revision concerns the National Insurance (NI) rates. Effective from the aforementioned date, the NI rate for employees has undergone a reduction from 10% to 8% on earnings within the bracket of £12,750 to £50,270. Concurrently, the Class 4 rate for the self-employed has been diminished from 9% to 6%. Moreover, self-employed individuals are relieved of the obligation to pay Class 2 Contributions, providing them with increased financial autonomy.

Enhancements to the National Living Wage

From 1st April 2024 onwards, adjustments have been made to the National Living Wage (NLW) across various age cohorts. For individuals aged 23 and above, the NLW has been elevated from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour. Similarly, for those aged 21 and over, the wage has been augmented from £10.18 to £11.44 per hour. These enhancements underscore our commitment to remunerating individuals in a manner commensurate with their age and professional experience.

Pension Reforms

Substantial reforms have been introduced in the pension landscape effective from 6th April 2024. Notably, state pensions are slated to rise by 8.5% in the fiscal year 2024/2025, in accordance with the triple lock mechanism. Consequently, recipients of the full new single-tier state pension will receive £221.20 per week, up from £203.85. Furthermore, the lifetime allowance for pension savings has been abolished, replaced by three new standard allowances. These changes offer individuals greater clarity and flexibility in managing their pension provisions, aligning with evolving retirement imperatives.

Adjustments to Child Benefits

From 6th April 2024 onwards, modifications have been instituted in the threshold for Child Benefits. The threshold has been elevated from £50,000 to £60,000 annually, ensuring that full child benefits are extended to households where the highest-earning parent earns up to £60,000. This adjustment seeks to alleviate financial strain on families while nurturing the well-being and development of children.

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