The UK Autumn Statement – will inheritance tax proposals re-surface?

There has been a great deal of speculation in relation to potential tax measures that could be announced at the Autumn Statement on 17 November. It has been reported that that the Treasury has been working on a range of options for cutting or abolishing some tax reliefs for the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, to consider.… Read More The UK Autumn Statement – will inheritance tax proposals re-surface?

STEP disappointed by government inaction on reforming legal protections for cohabiting couples

The UK government has rejected a call from a cross-party Commons Select Committee to reform law for cohabiting couples. The Women and Equalities Committee called for reform to family law in England and Wales to better protect cohabiting couples and their children from financial hardship due to separation. The Committee holds the government to account… Read More STEP disappointed by government inaction on reforming legal protections for cohabiting couples

Take time to reflect on professional conduct on Global Ethics Day

Today is Global Ethics Day, with the theme #EthicsEmpowered.

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs launched the inaugural Global Ethics Day in 2014. It has become an annual moment for individuals, businesses, schools and governments to reflect upon and promote their ethical standards.… Read More Take time to reflect on professional conduct on Global Ethics Day

How cross-sector collaboration clarified life and health trusts registration protections

The 1 September deadline has passed for registerable trusts, simplifying the timescale to the same 90 days for all nontaxable trusts. It seems a good time to highlight other simplifications, affecting trusts of insurance policies, which may not be immediately apparent.… Read More How cross-sector collaboration clarified life and health trusts registration protections

Time to Act: Putting STEP’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion principles into action

In celebration of National Inclusion Week, STEP’s Chief Executive Mark Walley writes about what STEP is doing to ensure inclusion at every level of the organisation. Today marks the start of National Inclusion Week, a time dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces. This year’s theme is Time to Act: The… Read More Time to Act: Putting STEP’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion principles into action