Government Announcements

Tax-free childcare fully rolled out

Under-12s now eligible, following delays to government scheme.

Food and drink exports grow to £22bn

Whisky exports reach £4.5 billion.

Government reforms funeral payments scheme

£700 maximum contribution falls short of funeral costs.

New legislation to target rogue landlords

Tenants will be able to take legal action over unsafe housing.

HMRC bans credit card payments

Payment method to be removed on 13 January 2018.

Government begins process to reverse ‘staircase tax’

‘Unfair rates hike’ will be removed to benefit businesses.

SMEs to get help with late payments

Preventing late payments could save £2.5 billion a year.

Auto-enrolment may expand to 18-year-olds

900,000 younger workers can save into a workplace pension.

Scotland brings in new income tax bands

Tax rise on higher earners funds cut for lower earners.

Scottish businesses oppose income tax rise

SME owners in Scotland favour more rates and bands.

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