Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

SMEs to be given a helping hand to boost growth

A new Government training programme aimed specifically at developing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is scheduled to begin in March 2012.

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Auto-enrolment pension dates confirmed

The Government has released the revised timetable for auto-enrolment pension roll out.

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Government launches business start-up and growth campaign

The Government has launched a campaign designed to help new businesses get off the ground and to stimulate growth in existing small businesses.

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Government moves to compromise on solar energy tariff

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has put a contingency plan in place to ensure that Feed in Tariffs will be reduced this year.

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British film industry praised ahead of Review

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the British film industry for its 'incalculable contribution to culture' ahead of Lord Smith's Review recommendations.

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Date set for Budget 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has set the date of Wednesday 21 March for Budget 2012.

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Finance Bill 2012: UK residence test delayed

The statutory residence test that was due to come in next year has been delayed, after a series of 'detailed' issues arose following the consultation.

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Strikes close three quarters of schools

Today's industrial action by up to two million public sector workers is thought to have caused the closure of three out of four schools in England.

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Read our Autumn Statement report

Set against a backdrop of sluggish economic growth, rising unemployment, and uncertainty in Europe, the Autumn Statement included a number of measures designed to strengthen the economy. Read our summary report of the announcements made.

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The Autumn Statement and business finance

A large portion of the Autumn Statement this year was geared towards businesses, helping them to secure finance, encouraging investment and reducing the business charges payable.

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