Britons to be hit by ‘stealth tax’ following new pensions changes

The Government’s recent decision to scrap the State Second Pension pension system will affect some six million UK workers and hundreds of employees from April 6.

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Falling number of SMEs receive government-backed loans

Small and medium-sized businesses are getting a dwindling level of support from the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme.

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Six million UK workers to pay higher NI contributions after pension changes

Following the abolition of the two-tier state pension, around six million UK workers will face a surprise cut in their take-home pay next month.

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Fruit juices and smoothies with ‘unacceptably high’ levels of sugar should face new taxes

Experts have said fruit juice and smoothies should be included in the new sugar tax after finding that some had twice as much sugar than required to qualify for the levy.

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IFS examines Chancellor’s Budget plans

A leading think tank has published its analysis of the Budget delivered by the Chancellor last week.

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Custodial sentence for businessman who cheated taxes

A takeaway owner who stole £165,000 in tax was this month jailed for more than two years.

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Brexit to cause ‘£100bn shock to UK economy’

Leaving the EU could cost the UK economy £100 billion and 950,000 jobs by 2020, according to business organisation the CBI.

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Budget for small business

Small businesses have generally given Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget the thumbs-up this week and have particularly welcomed the long-awaited reform of business rates and business rate relief being doubled.

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Businesses give their backing to apprenticeship drive

Employers have thrown their weight behind the ninth Annual Apprenticeship Week.

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London Stock Exchange agrees £21bn merger

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) and Germany’s Deutsche Boerse have agreed terms for a “merger of equals”.

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