The U.K. government will increase the amount most people can earn before incurring a tax liability on their pension contributions as it seeks to boost the number of workers in the health service.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has been under pressure to adjust the earnings thresholds, which have been blamed for causing family doctors and hospital consultants to leave their jobs. Those workers faced potentially paying more tax than they earn as the value of their pension pots rose.
In Wednesday's budget, Mr. Sunak said workers will now be able to earn £200,000 ($259,000) before cuts could kick in to the amount they can pay into their retirement fund without incurring a tax liability. Previously, it was £110,000.
To help pay for the measure, some top earners will see the minimum amount they can contribute before the tax kicks in fall to £4,000. The government estimates the change will cost it £180 million in the next fiscal year and £670 million in the 2024 to 2025 fiscal year.