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Flood pay outs estimated at 1.3 billion

Insurance pay outs for family homes and businesses affected by the December 2015 floods are estimated to reach £1.3 billion.

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Digital tax accounts introduced

HMRC has launched a new system of digital tax accounts which will eventually replace annual tax returns.

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R&D tax relief plan launched

A new plan to boost investment in research and development for smaller businesses has been launched by the government.

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New commissioner to help SMEs tackle late payment

A new Small Business Commissioner will assist SMEs in resolving disputes with large businesses under draft government proposals.

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Government announces red tape reviews

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will launch reviews into cutting red tape in 5 key sectors, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.

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Tax reform tops FSB Budget wish list

The Chancellor should focus his first all-conservative Budget on reducing the deficit, promoting growth and supporting small businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses has said.

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Tax-free childcare declared lawful

Government proposals to introduce tax-free childcare for working families have been declared lawful by the Supreme Court.

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Business rates review must create 'fair' system, says CBI

The government's ongoing business rate review must aim to create a 'simple, fair and competitive system', the Confederation of British Industry has said.

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Free childcare plans brought forward

Government plans to extend free childcare provisions for working families have been brought forward to 2016.

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Government plans unveiled in Queen's Speech

The government has revealed its legislative goals for the next Parliament in the Queen's Speech. Here's a summary of the key bills affecting businesses.

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