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Spotlight - Government Announcements

Dropping default age would harm business, say employers

Business organisations have reacted with disappointment to news that the government is proposing to remove the default retirement age.

Pension system to see radical reforms

The government is planning to accelerate moves to raise the state pension age for men to 66 as part of a major overhaul of the pensions system.

Tax review could mean abolition of IR35

A wide-ranging review of smaller business taxation will have implications for the way that contractors are taxed.

Emergency Budget 2010: mixed reaction to VAT increase

Business groups appear to have accepted the emergency Budget rise in VAT to 20 per cent with a certain resigned stoicism.

Emergency Budget 2010: tough measures for tough times

Not for a political generation or two has a Budget generated such intense interest. Pre-announcements by the Coalition Government had prepared everyone for large-scale changes to the tax system and for deep public spending cuts.

Emergency Budget 2010: the environment

The government has confirmed that it will be creating a Green Investment Bank.

Emergency Budget 2010: support for businesses

The Chancellor addressed the problem that many smaller firms are experiencing when it comes to accessing credit.

Emergency Budget 2010: pensions to be subject of reviews

Several aspects of the pensions system are to come under review as a result of announcements made in the Budget.

Emergency Budget 2010: employers offered national insurance boost

It has been a matter of policy for the government to reverse plans of the previous administration to push up national insurance contributions by 1 per cent as from next April.