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Firms face fines for failing to report gender pay gap

More than half of employers have yet to comply.

Childcare voucher scheme extended

New applicants can join the scheme until October 2018.

Freelancers drive self-employment growth

Number of highly-skilled freelancers up 46% since 2008.

Grandparents ‘missing out on state pension boost’

Only 10% of eligible family members are claiming help.

MTD pilot opens to the self-employed

Digital tax reporting service opens on a voluntary basis.

New rules to tackle VAT evasion

Online marketplaces held accountable for VAT compliance.

Retirement savers struggle to clear debts

38% do not clear credit card balances every month.

National minimum wage rates from April 2018

National living wage rises to £7.83.

Government launches VAT review

£85,000 threshold may hold back small business growth.

Spring Statement 2018: Reactions

Here’s how businesses and industry groups have reacted to Philip Hammond’s speech.

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