Government Announcements

Tax measures revealed in Finance Bill 2017-19

Several changes re-instated in latest Finance Bill.

30 hours’ free childcare available

Around 390,000 working parents are expected to benefit from 1 September 2017.

Digital spending for SMEs passes £1.2bn

Most government spending on digital services has gone to SMEs.

Over a million save into Help to Buy ISA

First-time buyers have saved around £1.8 billion into Help to Buy ISAs since 2015.

Government cracks down on pension scams

Fraudsters face fines for coaxing savers to move pensions to fake schemes.

Unemployment rate falls to 4.4%

The jobless total fell to its lowest rate since 1975 in Q2 2017.

Most small firms shunned from devolution talks

The majority of small firms are being excluded from the devolution process in their local area.

Private pensions boost retirees’ income

Private pensions helped retirees’ income nearly triple in real terms in the last 40 years.

Data protection overhaul to affect SMEs

Individuals will be able to legally ask businesses to delete certain personal data from May 2018.

Bank of England cuts growth forecast

As interest rates were held at 0.25%, the Bank of England has cut its growth forecast to 1.7%.

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