Government Announcements

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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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Autumn Statement 2012 date set

This year's Autumn Statement will take place on Wednesday 5th December, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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New North Sea tax break announced

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new tax allowance designed to allow oil and gas companies to get the most out of mature fields, known as brown fields.

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Online security should be top of business agendas, says Government

Business leaders should be taking a more direct interest in protecting their businesses from cyber threats, the Government has warned.

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Chancellor reveals plans for small business bank

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for a new Government backed bank aimed at small businesses, saying they would be able to gain access to 'multi-billion pounds' of funding.

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£12 million 'green' scheme opens to Northern Ireland's businesses

A new £12 million 'green' scheme designed to encourage Northern Ireland's businesses to become more energy efficient has been launched by the country's enterprise minister Arlene Foster.

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