Autumn Statement 2016: Personal announcements

Chancellor Philip Hammond has now delivered his Autumn Statement 2016.

Here is our summary of the key features affecting personal finance:

Personal allowance

The tax-free personal allowance has been confirmed to rise to £11,500 from April 2017. The allowance will rise to £12,500 by 2020 and will continue to increase by inflation after parliament.

The higher rate threshold will also rise to £50,000 by 2020.

National living wage

The national living wage will increase from £7.20 to £7.50 in April 2017.

Tax-free childcare

Tax-free childcare will be introduced in early 2017. This will provide savings of up to £2,000 per child.

Money purchase allowance

The money purchase annual allowance will be reduced to £4,000 to prevent double tax relief.

Universal credit

The universal credit taper rate will be reduced from 65% to 63% from next April.

Ban on letting agent fees

A ban will be introduced on letting agent fees for tenants signing new agreements.

Savings bond

Details of a new savings bond will be announced at Budget 2017. The investment bond is expected to have an interest rate of 2.2% over 3 years.

Savers using the bond will be able to deposit up to £3,000.

You can read about these measures in more detail in our full Autumn Statement report.