Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

Businesses respond to EU reform deal

Business leaders have commented on the prime minister’s reform deal and on the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union.

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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act timetable released

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2015, will be implemented over the course of 2016.

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Self-employment growth needs more support

Self-employed people now account for 15% of the workforce, according to a new report by the government.

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Pay equality increasingly important to workers

Pay inequality is becoming one of the ways that job applicants are judging potential employers.

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Local authorities to extend Sunday trading hours

Amendments have been made to the Enterprise Bill allowing local authorities to extend Sunday opening hours.

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London Help to Buy scheme launches

The new Help to Buy scheme for London has launched, allowing residents to buy a new home with a 5% deposit and a mortgage as low as 55%.

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Early pension exit charges to be capped

Chancellor George Osborne has announced an end to “prohibitive” charges faced by those accessing their pension pots.

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New measures to reduce insurance fraud

New measures recommended by the Insurance Fraud Taskforce are to be introduced to challenge insurance fraud and lower costs for customers.

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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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