Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

BIS plans to halve the consultation period for large-scale redundancies

The Government is to press ahead with plans to reduce the consultation period before large-scale redundancies can take place from 90 to 45 days.

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£44 million renewable energy investment in Northern Ireland

The Utility Regulator for Northern Ireland has said it is ready to give the go-ahead to a £44 million investment in renewable energy generation.

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Government backs alternative business lenders with £55 million

Small and medium sized businesses and sole traders are to benefit from £55 million of Government funding being channelled through non-bank lenders.

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Autumn Statement 2012: key announcements summarised

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his 2012 Autumn Statement to the House of Commons. Here's a quick round-up of the key announcements, with more in-depth analysis to follow.

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Employee ownership backed by Government

British businesses are to be given more education and support on becoming employee-owned firms, the minister for employment relations Jo Swinson has announced.

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Child Benefit changes clarified

One million households affected by new Child Benefit rules that will cut the amount they are entitled to receive are to be sent letters by HMRC next month.

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Inflation slows to lowest level in nearly 3 years

CPI inflation came the closest it has been to its two per cent target since November 2009 in September, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.

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Businesses to pay for their own failed health and safety inspections

Small businesses that fall foul of health and safety regulations must now cover the cost of their own health and safety inspections under new rules which came into force on 1 October.

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Half a million individuals saving into a pension by Christmas, says Government

The Department of Work and Pensions estimates that over half a million people will be saving into a workplace pension scheme by Christmas, owing to the start of auto-enrolment in just over a week's time.

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Draft Scottish Budget 2013/14 for 'jobs and growth'

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has pledged £180 million over the next two years to drive construction, skills and the green economy in the country.

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