Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

Business groups respond to legislative agenda

The Government's plans for the new parliamentary session have been outlined in the Queen's Speech. Proposals of interest to businesses include those around national insurance contributions, consumer rights and deregulation.

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Revamp for Scottish planning system

Proposals to overhaul Scotland's planning system will help to deliver more jobs and sustainable economic growth, the Scottish Government has said.

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Funding for Lending Scheme extended for SMEs

The Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), designed to boost lending to businesses and households, is to be extended until January 2015, the Bank of England has announced.

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Business bank opens for business

The Government-backed business bank has launched its first phase of funding, worth £300 million, to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access finance.

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Business bank to lend £3.9 billion to SMEs

The new state-backed business bank will offer £3.9 billion of capital to boost lending to small and medium sized businesses, business secretary Vince Cable has unveiled.

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High earners reminded of child benefit charge

People receiving child benefit who have an income of over £60,000 are being reminded to opt out of receiving payments before the 28 March in order to avoid paying a new charge by self-assessment tax return.

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Inheritance tax threshold freeze to cover social care bill

A cap on the amount that elderly people pay for social care costs will be partly paid for by a freeze on the inheritance tax threshold, under plans unveiled by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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New loan fund open for business in Northern Ireland

A new £5 million loan fund aimed at individuals, SMEs and micro-sized businesses in Northern Ireland has been announced by the country's enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

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Banking reform plans announced by Chancellor

UK banks will be forced to separate everyday high-street and retail banking operations from their investment arms under the Banking Reform Bill, announced by the Chancellor George Osborne.

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Business groups respond to EU referendum proposals

Business groups have been responding to Prime Minister David Cameron's proposals for a referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union.

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