Official Statistics: Inheritance tax statistics: Table 12.12 – estimated numbers of estates liable to tax on death by Parliamentary constituency

Updated: Updated the table with data for tax year 2014 to 2015.

This table includes estimates of numbers of estates liable to tax in 2014 to 2015 by government office region and Westminster Parliamentary constituency.

The map shows which constituencies have had the highest average level of estates liable to tax in the 5 year period between 2009 to 2010 and 2013 to 2014.

Source: HMRC

Official Statistics: Inheritance tax statistics: Table 12.10 – estimated amounts of tax due by geographical region

Updated: Updated the table with data for tax year 2014 to 2015.

This table includes estimates of the amount of tax due by estates in each government office region and estimates of the numbers of estates liable to tax in tax year 2014 to 2015 by government office region and Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) Level 3.

Source: HMRC

Detailed guide: Pension administrators: check a member’s GMP

Updated: HMRC are aware of an issue with bulk uploading and are working on fixing it. This issue should be resolved by 26 May 2017.

Use the GMP checker to get a calculation for your members.

Before you start

You need a Government Gateway account for the Pension Scheme Online service in order to use this service.

You can either:

  • get an instant calculation for one member at a time
  • request a bulk calculation by uploading a CSV template – you’ll be sent an email when the result is ready

HMRC are aware of an issue with bulk uploading and are working on fixing it. This issue should be resolved by 26 May 2017.

You can check your member’s record against the information HMRC holds.

For each calculation you’ll need the member’s:

  • scheme contracted out number
  • National Insurance number
  • first name or initial
  • last name

This service is unavailable from 2am to 5am GMT due to regular maintenance. Please stop using the service before then or you won’t be able to finish your tasks.

Problems with the service

HMRC services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.

Source: HMRC

Press release: Statement from Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, said:

I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.


Corporate report: Tax avoidance litigation decisions

Updated: Published Tax avoidance litigation decisions 2016 to 2017

Tax avoidance involves trying to use the tax system to gain an advantage that Parliament never intended. It often involves contrived, artificial transactions that serve little or no purpose other than to produce this advantage.

This report lists litigation decisions where HMRC considered tax avoidance was involved.

Source: HMRC

Press release: New aerospace technologies to get £365 million funding

  • government and industry providing hundreds of millions of pounds for aerospace research and development (R&D) projects
  • £1.2 billion has already been invested in projects
  • Aerospace Growth Partnership to launch an updated strategy

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has today (12 July 2016) announced that government and industry have committed to providing almost £365 million of funding for new aerospace technologies, further enhancing the UK’s reputation as a world leading aircraft design and manufacturing hub.

The news, timed to coincide with this week’s Farnborough Air Show, builds on the £1.2 billion of funding government has already jointly invested through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), which has contributed to 149 new projects, involving 188 different companies and organisations, including over 100 small and medium sized businesses.

The research projects will target different aspects of aircraft manufacturing and performance, driving up competitiveness, lowering costs, and helping to deliver environmentally-friendly aircraft with lower emissions and reduced noise.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Aerospace is a vitally important industry for the UK and it is one of our great manufacturing success stories, supporting over 230,000 jobs and generating over £30 billion a year for the economy. We are number one in Europe and world leaders in innovation, design and manufacturing parts for planes.

With government and industry investing nearly £4 billion by 2026, we are showing our continued commitment to this vital sector and our intention to keep the UK’s world-beating status. I am proud of our record supporting our great aero industry and we will continue to do all we can to help this high flying sector soar to even greater heights.

Also at Farnborough, the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) updated the sector on the industrial strategy for UK aerospace. The AGP has transformed the way in which industry and government work together to secure the long-term future of one of the UK’s most important sectors.

A key feature of the strategy is industry’s Supply Chain Competitiveness Charter signed by the sector’s leading civil aerospace manufacturers. This will strengthen relationships between the large companies and their suppliers, working together to raise productivity and competitiveness.

Welcoming the new AGP strategy, Sajid Javid said:

Means of Ascent, the updated strategy for the UK aerospace industry, is a great piece of work and will really help with the partnership between government and industry. I am also extremely pleased to see that the industry has also developed a Supply Chain Competitiveness Charter which will help our smaller companies become even more productive and export more.

ATI Chief Executive Gary Elliott said:

This is the largest batch of ATI projects to be launched since operations started 3 years ago. It moves UK aerospace towards delivering the next generation of quiet and low emission aircraft, whilst also tackling immediate manufacturing challenges. The participants are a who’s who of global aerospace, as well as the UK supply chain and research base – a powerful demonstration of the strength of UK innovation.

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan said:

From the inception of Innovate UK 9 years ago, we have been working with companies large and small to make the UK a global centre of excellence for aerospace innovation. We look forward to continuing the highly successful partnership with industry, the Aerospace Technology Institute and government to deliver this goal.

ADS CEO Paul Everitt said:

This investment reinforces the value of modern industrial strategies and will help keep the UK at the forefront of global aerospace technology. The Aerospace Growth Partnership’s focus on the value of the UK supply chain and the steps required to sustain global competitiveness will help ensure the sector continues to make a growing contribution to our national prosperity.

Notes to editors:

  1. These projects have received funding from the aerospace research and development (R&D) programme, a £3.9 billion joint funding commitment from industry and government to support projects which build on the UK’s strengths and develop the products and manufacturing technologies that will best position the UK to sustain its global competitiveness. The programme is delivered in partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The commitment was made in 2013 and the 2015 Spending Review announced that the funding would be extended by 6 years to 2025 to 2026, worth an additional £900 million from government.

  2. The ATI was created by government and industry to guide investment into research and technology projects that will sustain and enhance the UK’s competitive advantage. Its technology strategy defines the best combination of capabilities, technologies and products to advance next-generation civil aircraft; enabling industry to exploit anticipated global growth, and deliver value to the UK economy through the sector’s high productivity and skills. The ATI has now published a Technology Strategy and Portfolio Update 2016.

  3. Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy – delivering productivity, new jobs and exports and keeping the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

  4. Means of ascent: strategy for UK aerospace 2016