The Lifetime Individual Savings Account or LISA, as it is often shortened to, was launched in April 2017. Aimed to encourage young people (specifically those aged 18-40 years old) to simultaneously save for their first home and retirement as both are major concerns for the younger generation.
It is likely you have noticed that interest rates on savings are at an all-time low. Your Individual Savings Account (ISA) is probably earning you as little interest as your other savings (and general bank) accounts, and there does not seem to be much chance of the base rate increasing significantly any time soon. However, there might still be ways to take advantage of ISAs.
The Autumn Statement had, as expected, a key focus on what is commonly referred to as a "housing crisis". Lack of affordable homes continues to be an issue, along with the inflated house prices that make it virtually impossible for first-time buyers to get the break they need. Landlords are still very much in the firing line for government attempts to dampen activity in this sector.