April may always bring warmer weather, pretty flowers and chocolate eggs, but it also brings in a whole host of new releases for the British public.
A lot is happening, partly good, partly expensive.
We’ve broken down 25 of the major new rules and financial changes we’ll see starting next month.
1. New Government Backed Mortgages
As Rishi Sunak announced in its spring budget, a new government-backed introduction will be introduced in April mortgage arrangement.
It will see 95 percent of mortgages come back, something the Chancellor says is meant to turn “generation costs” into “generation buy.”
Skepticism remains as to whether it will prove a success or not, but with Lloyds, Barclays, Santander and HSBC all signing up as lenders, things are off to a good start.
2. Motor vehicle tax
However, April will largely indicate a more expensive period for road users.
The road tax will increase, depending on how much CO2 a car produces. Those who emit zero grams of CO2 per kilometer will pay zero, but those who own gasoline, diesel and even some hybrids are likely to pay £ 10 for the first 12 months as they are between 1g and 50g per kilometer expel.
Cars that emit between 51 grams and 5 grams per kilometer will continue to pay £ 25 for the first year.
Cars emitting between 76g and 150g CO2 per kilometer will have their VED rates increase by £ 5 this year – up to £ 220.
3. Benefit in Kind Rates
They were only demolished a year ago, but Sunak has already reduced BIK rates.
With the tariffs that were initially dropped to allow the use of electric vehicles, those who have switched from gasoline or diesel are likely to face unwelcome costs.
However, it will likely remain much lower than the previously cut fees. At the time, the rates were calculated as 16 percent, based on income percentages and vehicle value, while the new rates will be just 1 percent.
4. Driving lessons and theory exams
Hundreds saw them driving lessons and exams canceled by the end of 2020, but they can resume them from next month.
The government has included student drivers in their roadmap to get out of lockdown, and classes can resume on April 12, along with theoretical tests, and practical exams 10 days later.
5. Help-to-Buy Changes and Shared Ownership
In its current form, it is that of the government help-to-buy scheme ends March 31 – although applications have been closed for months anyway.
In the updated version, the scheme is for first-time buyers only, with loans now capped at 1.5 times the price of an average starter home in a given area.
Changes in shared ownership of homes will also come into play, with the minimum share that someone can buy in a home decreasing from 25 percent to 10 percent.
6. Increase of the tax by the Council
This is a change that will likely affect everyone, like municipal taxes appears to increase next month.
Two-thirds of the local authorities will increase rates by as much as 5 percent, which means an increase of between £ 50 and £ 100 for band D properties.
It’s worth remembering that if you are retired, living alone, on benefits, or incapacitated for work, you can apply for an exemption that could reduce your bill or wipe it out completely.
7. State pensions are on the rise
State pensions will increase by 2.5 percent from next month, with payments reaching up to £ 179.60 per week for people with full credits on the new system.
However, this is not a new change of government. It was previously announced that the state pension would increase by at least 2.5 percent each year – or in line with inflation or average wages.
8. Minimum wage
A pay rise will be on the horizon for millions of workers from April with the minimum wage increase g by 2.2 percent.
The National Living Wage will also include those aged 23 and over for the first time as it also sees an increase, rising to £ 8.91 an hour – a 71 pence increase for 23 and 24 year olds.
9. Statutory wage in the event of illness
A few adjustments have also been made to the statutory sickness compensation, with minimum payments going up to £ 96.35 per week.
However, you still need to earn £ 120 per week to be eligible.
10. Family leave and maternity allowance
Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental benefits rates will also increase, with £ 151.97 the new minimum starting next month.
Family-friendly payments like this one are usually increased from the first Sunday in April – in this case, the 4th.
11. Tax Fees and Thresholds
Starting next month, there will be some significant changes in the tax world, with the amount you can earn before paying income tax rises to £ 12,570.
The starting point for high earners will also increase. Currently, those earning more than £ 50,271 will have to pay 40 percent tax, but that will increase by £ 200.
The government predicted that in the long run, this will result in 1.3 million people paying additional income tax and over a million the highest rate.
12. Marriage allowance
This is more of a warning than an update.
The marriage allowance allows anyone earning less than £ 12,500 to transfer up to £ 1,250 to a spouse or registered partner to take advantage of a tax break.
However, these can only be dated retroactively for four years, and this moves with the tax year, so if you got married in 2017, you won’t have enough time to claim.
13. Energy price ceiling
Millions of households will experience an increase energy bills starting next month with the supplier price cap rising to £ 96, bringing the average annual energy expenditure to £ 1,138.
Those with prepayment meters will instead face a maximum increase of £ 87, but consumers have been advised to switch to a deal for a set amount of time to save.
14. Advance universal credit payments
British argue Universal credit have also received an update, extending the term to repay prepayments to 24 months instead of 12.
The deductions will also be reduced from 30 percent to 25 percent and will also take effect in April.
15. Tax credits for works
If you currently claim works tax credits, you will receive a one-time payment of £ 500 from the government to offset the £ 20 monthly increase in Universal Credit.
Those with working tax credits also can’t claim universal credit, so get a lump sum instead.
Payment is due to arrive on April 23.
16. Child benefit is increasing
Child benefits will also increase from next month, with plaintiffs receiving £ 21.15 per week for the first child and £ 14 per week for subsequent children – an increase of 10 cents and 5 cents respectively.
Claimants also receive national insurance contributions that count towards their state pension, although a percentage of this must be repaid each year if you earn more than £ 50,000. If you make over £ 60,000, the whole thing has to be paid back.
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17. Universal credit
The £ 20 increase in Universal Credit has already been extended, but individual payments are also foreseen for a small increase.
For single and under 25s the standard supplement will increase from £ 256.05 to £ 257.33.
Single persons aged 25 or over will see the standard supplement increase from £ 323.22 to £ 324.84.
For joint claimants who are both under the age of 25, the standard fee will increase from £ 401.92 to £ 403.93.
You can also get a boost if you care for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week. The amount you receive per month will increase from £ 162.92 to £ 163.73.
18. Subsistence allowance for disabled people
The highest amount you can claim in the Disability Living Allowance goes up to £ 89.60, up from £ 89.15 by 45p.
The middle amount increases from £ 59.70 to £ 60.00 and the lowest amount jumps to £ 23.70 – an increase of 10 cents.
19. Employment and Support Allowance
Under the age of 25, the employment and support allowance will increase by 30 cents to £ 59.20.
Those 25 and over will get a 35p raise, which will allow them to claim £ 74.70 from next month.
20. Housing allowance
Those on housing benefits will also see a small increase from next month, with young people under 25 being allowed to claim £ 59.20 and over 25 to claim £ 74.70, an increase of 30 cents and 25 cents respectively.
If you are entitled to ESA in the main phase you also get an increase from 25p to £ 74.70.
21. Pension credit
The scheme was introduced to ensure that those of retirement age can maintain a decent standard of living.
It will also receive a small boost in April, from £ 173.75 to £ 177.10.
There are reportedly over a million people in the UK who are eligible for retirement credit but are not currently making a claim. Check here if you are one of them.
22. Payments for Personal Independence
The Personal Independence Payments daily living allowance will increase to £ 89.60 for enhanced claimants and £ 60 for standard claimants.
The mobility component also rises, this time to £ 62.55 for improved and £ 23.70 for standard.
23. NHS Prescription Fees
Prescriptions through the NHS will become more expensive from the beginning of April, and will soon cost £ 9.35.
The price of a quarterly prepayment certificate (PPC) increases by € 0.20 cents to £ 30.25, while a 12-month PPC increases by £ 2.20 to £ 108.10.
24. TV License
Another thing that will burn a bigger hole in the consumer’s pockets is a TV license.
The price per household will increase by £ 1.50 per year from April and a new cost of £ 159 per year.
In 2016, it was announced that the cost of the TV license would increase for five years in line with inflation from 2017.
25. Mandatory electrical checks for tenants
Rogue landlords will also be kept in check starting next month with new dangerous home rules introduced from April.
All existing rental properties will undergo an electrical safety inspection every five years by law, failure to do so or make necessary repairs could result in a fine of £ 30,000.