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Spotlight - Government Announcements

Business red tape to see one-in, one-out system

The government has announced a series of measures aimed at reducing the level and cost of business red tape.

New minimum wage rules will add to business costs

The move to reduce qualification for the adult minimum wage to 21 will push up business costs.

Immigration cap worries businesses

The government's proposal to limit the number of skilled workers coming to the UK from outside of the EU has prompted concerns among the business community.

Government launches consultation on corporate narrative reporting

The government has published a consultation document aimed at improving corporate narrative reporting.

Review of IR35 'long overdue'

The IR35 regime requires a comprehensive review, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said.

Chancellor urges banks to up business lending

The Chancellor, George Osborne has called on the UK’s banks to improve the level of access that smaller firms have to finance.

Government publishes a raft of tax consultations

The Treasury has issued nine consultation papers on various aspects of the personal and business tax system in what amounts to a far-reaching overhaul of the entire regime.

Prospect of rise in energy costs for business

Businesses have been warned that they could see a steep rise in energy costs over the coming years.

Banks under pressure to increase small business lending

Banks could face possible tax sanctions if they fail to boost lending to smaller businesses.