Government Announcements

First Lifetime ISA launches

Individuals can start saving money into a Lifetime ISA for the very first time from 8 June 2017.

General election 2017: the potential impacts on SMEs

We take a look at what 4 mainstream parties are promising small businesses in their general election manifestos.

Trade deficit rises to £10.5bn

Total trade deficit in goods and services widened by £5.7 billion to £10.5 billion between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017.

Inflation forecast rises to 2.8%

The Bank of England has raised its forecast for inflation this year to 2.8% – up from its February forecast of 2.4%.

EU support proving 'vital' for SMEs

Almost 8 in 10 small businesses have sought support services, such as EU-funded schemes, over the last 12 months.

Tax measures removed from Finance Bill

The government has dropped several controversial tax measures from its Finance Bill following the decision to call a snap general election.

Tax-free childcare now available

Working parents can now apply for the government's tax-free childcare scheme.

Businesses react to snap general election

Industry groups have expressed concerns on the wider issues that could impact businesses in wake of the general election announcement.

Digital tax pilot begins

HMRC has launched the Making Tax Digital pilot which will allow individuals and businesses to trial digital tax reporting.

State pension age rise considered ahead of full review

The state pension age should rise to 68 by 2039, a government report has found.

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