What will Starmer’s Labour Government mean for your finances?

As expected, Keir Starmer’s Labour party have won the 2024 General Election with a landslide victory, but what could this mean for your finances and when will any changes be implemented?

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In terms of taxation, the introduction of VAT on Private School fees is expected, though there will likely be complexities around the implementation of this change.  Beyond this, the Labour Party have said they will not increase taxes on ‘working people’, indicating income tax, national insurance and VAT are unlikely to increase in the short term, though it is understood Labour will retain the Conservative Party’s plans to freeze income tax thresholds until at least 2028.  However, there has been no such pledges in respect of capital gains tax or inheritance tax, so these are areas Starmer’s new government may look at.


Regarding pensions, the subject of reintroducing the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) for Pensions has been a hot topic since it was announced in the 2023 Spring Budget that the LTA was to be abolished.  At the time, Labour pledged to reintroduce the LTA, but it is difficult to see how this could be implemented in practical terms given the abolition has now taken place and additionally, Labour are keen not to disincentivise Doctors who have reached the limit from working.  Labour have now indicated they will in fact not reintroduce the LTA, but they have pledged to conduct a detailed review of pensions, so it will be interesting to see the outcome of this review, specifically whether there will be any changes to tax relief on pension contributions, the taxation of pension death benefits or the 25% tax free lump sum.

When might changes be implemented?

In terms of a timeframe for any changes to be implemented, Labour have committed to including a forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in their first budget, as they look to distance themselves from the approach taken by Liz Truss, who famously did not utilise the OBR’s analysis ahead of her disastrous “mini-budget” in September 2022. Given the OBR require 10 weeks’ notice to provide their forecast, the Budget is therefore unlikely to be delivered before mid-September 2024.

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