Biggest Tax Cuts In A Generation

Chancellor George Osborne will claim later today (March 31) that the reductions in personal and business taxes set to come into effect this week represent the biggest tax cuts in 20 years.

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Politicians Courting Small Business

Politicians from both the Conservative and Labour parties are laying out plans for what they will do for small businesses, should they get into power at the next general election, at the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) 40th anniversary conference

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House Prices Rise In January

House prices in the UK were 6.8 per cent higher in January than at the same time in 2013, a faster rate of growth compared with the previous month, which showed a rise of 5.5 per cent, according to official

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Retail Recovery Forecast

Although shoppers reined in spending earlier this month, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is predicting a recovery for the retail sector in April, particularly with the later timing of Mother’s Day and Easter this year.

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Inflation Falls To Four-Year Low

Inflation in February fell to 1.7 per cent from 1.9 per cent the previous month and a high of 2.9 per cent in June, taking it to the lowest level since October 2009, according to official figures released today (March

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HMRC’s New Powers Could Damage Business

Proposed new powers allowing HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to raid bank accounts to collect unpaid tax could be damaging and could lead to officials becoming “ a law unto themselves”.

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Retail Closure Rate Slowing

New research shows that the rate of shop closures slowed last year compared with 2012. Year-on-year, the number of net store closures fell by nearly 80 per cent, from 1,779 in 2012 to 371 in 2013.

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A Budget For Business

Business leaders have broadly welcomed yesterday’s Budget as one that will boost investment, exports and regional development and skills, with help for manufacturers high on the Chancellor’s agenda.

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Unemployment Falls

Figures out today (March 19) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 per cent in the three months to January.

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Childcare Boost For Working Parents

In a pre-Budget announcement the Government has announced a new tax break scheme, due to come into force from Autumn 2015, for the working parents of children up to the age of 12 who need to pay for child care.

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