Budget: £15000 ISA Limit from 01/07 for Cash OR S&S

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Great news for savers...if only the cash ISA rates were any good!

From 1st July 2014, the ISA limit will be £15,000 and anyone can transfer all of their current S&S ISAs to cash ISAs, or the other way around. :D

I'm not clear on whether the ISA limit increase will occur as usual on the 6th April or not. It might be that the limit increases to £15,000 on 6th April, and then the ability to freely switch between S&S and cash starts on 1st July.
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  • Archi_BaldArchi_Bald Forumite
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    weird date but otherwise a welcome announcement
  • rpcrpc Forumite
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    The devil is in the detail - this could screw up my plans for 14/15.

    The higher limit is nice, but if you are only allowed to subscribe to one "New ISA" each year then the flexibility of saving both cash and S&S is eroded a bit.

    It is a nice gift, but so few savers used their cash ISA allowances anyway...
  • DragonQDragonQ Forumite
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    10% savings tax band is being abolished too, although not relevant to ISAs.
    rpc wrote: »
    The devil is in the detail - this could screw up my plans for 14/15.

    The higher limit is nice, but if you are only allowed to subscribe to one "New ISA" each year then the flexibility of saving both cash and S&S is eroded a bit.

    It is a nice gift, but so few savers used their cash ISA allowances anyway...
    This is true. Looks like more flexibility for past years' savings but less for current year savings.
  • ConsumeristConsumerist Forumite
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    Great stuff on ISAs. I wondered whether I'd heard that correctly:beer:.
    >:)Warning: In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
  • lisyloolisyloo Forumite
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    I guess we'll have to wait and see but I don't understand how these new ISAs will work.
    Aren't the companies that provide S&S wrappers eg. H&L generally different to the banks and building societies that provide cash ISAs?
  • NednatsNednats Forumite
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    It seem like you will now be able turn a S&S ISA into cash.
    I have lots in a cash ISA and I have been debating turn some of it in a S&S ISA as the rates on cash ISAs are so low. But the fact that once you transfer to S&S ISA it can't be turned back is off putting.

    Possible Loophole - Take out the full years allowance as S&S and then transfer to Cash. Then you could put double in a cash ISA in a year.
  • Archi_BaldArchi_Bald Forumite
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    The way I understand it is you do not need any loophole. You can put at total of £15 into cash and/or S&S ISAs. You decide how much to put into which bit.
  • lisyloo wrote: »
    I guess we'll have to wait and see but I don't understand how these new ISAs will work.
    Aren't the companies that provide S&S wrappers eg. H&L generally different to the banks and building societies that provide cash ISAs?
    I don't think it will be any more complicated than it is now. You should still be able to have a S&S ISA with the likes of H&L and a cash ISA with banks.

    HMRC already have to deal with that sort of thing now, so a fully flexible allowance doesn't look like it would pose problems. In essence, we already have one allowance for S&S and within that a portion up to £5,760 can go to Cash ISAs. So people can already open two ISAs and split their allowance, with restrictions, between those two. HMRC will just pay attention to how many ISAs of each type are opened a year and the total contribution between them, as they already do.
    This is everybody's fault but mine.
  • ConsumeristConsumerist Forumite
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    Scarpacci wrote: »
    I don't think it will be any more complicated than it is now. You should still be able to have a S&S ISA with the likes of H&L and a cash ISA with banks. .
    My understanding of the announcement is that that there will be only one type of ISA which may be used for cash and S&S. It's not clear to me whether this new ISA can be split between different managers.
    >:)Warning: In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
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