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Budget 2013: expectations

George Osborne will deliver his fiscal plans for the year ahead against stalling economic growth, which remains well below pre-2008 levels. We take a look at what businesses and consumers want from the Chancellor's fourth Budget announcement.

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FPB joins call for business rates action in Budget

Rising business rates are the biggest concern for small firms amongst changes to the current tax system, a survey by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has found.

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Northern Ireland business groups announce Budget proposals

Greater opportunities for economic growth, investment, job creation and business confidence are amongst the proposals being put forward by Northern Ireland business groups ahead of the Chancellor's Budget later this month.

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Business rates top Budget agenda for business groups

Two leading business groups have called on the Chancellor to scrap the 2.6 per cent rise in business rates planned for April.

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MPs question practicality of Chancellor's 'second Budget'

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement has increasingly taken on the importance of a second Budget, creating uncertainty for businesses and additional costs for the taxpayer, a Treasury Select Committee report has said.

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Treasury report criticises Budget reforms and quantitative easing

The Government should do more to warn savers about the effects of 'loose' monetary policies, including quantitative easing (QE) and low interest rates, which have damaged pension savings; a Treasury Committee report on the Budget has found.

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New tax allowances to boost Scottish energy investment

Oil and gas industries in the North Sea are set to benefit from increased investment after the Government unveiled plans to alter taxes affecting the sector in the Budget.

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Concerns child benefit reforms will cause complications

Changes to the child benefit system announced in the Budget will cause a 'high degree of complexity' in take up and HMRC administration, says the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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Confusion over Budget enterprise zones

Businesses based in enterprise zones in Scotland, North Wales, and England are set to benefit from enhanced capital allowances, after announcements made in the Budget, but there is confusion over whether Northern Ireland is to be granted its first enterprise zone.

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Chancellor defends Budget

Chancellor George Osborne has been defending yesterday's Budget in a string of media interviews after accusations of hitting the elderly with reduced tax allowances and aiding the highest earners.

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