Government Announcements

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Above inflation minimum wage rise proposed

The Chancellor George Osborne has said he wants to see an above-inflation increase in the national minimum wage by 2015.

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Scottish business rate rises capped at two per cent

Scottish business rates will increase by a below-inflation two per cent in 2014, the country's Finance Secretary John Swinney has announced.

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Autumn Statement 2013: Responses

The business community has been quick to react to Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Here's a summary of responses from the UK’s leading business groups.

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Autumn Statement now on Thursday 5 December

The Autumn Statement has been delayed by one day and will now take place on Thursday 5 December, the Treasury has confirmed.

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Consultation to tackle late payment

A consultation to tackle the problem of late payments to small and medium sized enterprises will be launched later this year, Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed.

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Autumn Statement confirmed for 4 December

This year's Autumn Statement will be held on Wednesday 4 December, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed on his Twitter account.

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High street regeneration red tape cut

The Government has removed some of the red tape that surrounded the set-up of new areas dedicated to improving high streets and regenerating town centres.

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NI Government puts access to finance under spotlight

Northern Ireland's Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton, is beginning a series of talks with ministers and senior bank executives to address the economic challenges facing Northern Ireland.

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HMRC campaigns update: your chance to disclose missed tax payments

HMRC is offering individuals who may have missed tax payments on property sales and those who have failed to file self assessment returns the opportunity to come forward and settle any unpaid tax as part of time-limited campaigns.

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Olympic impact outside of London questioned

The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games boosted the UK economy by £9.9 billion, according to Government data. However the benefits have rarely been felt by businesses outside of London and the south east of England, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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