Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

Free childcare plans brought forward

Government plans to extend free childcare provisions for working families have been brought forward to 2016.

Small Business Act becomes law

A range of measures aimed at supporting the UK's small business sector have become law as the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act gained royal assent.

National minimum wage to rise to £6.70

The national minimum wage for adults will increase by 20p to £6.70 on 1 October 2015, the government has announced.

Chancellor shakes up annuity market

Annuity holders will be able to sell their retirement income without incurring a 55% tax charge under plans announced by the Chancellor George Osborne.

SMEs in profit at 2007 levels

The number of SMEs making a profit has returned to pre-financial crisis levels in the last 12 months, according to research by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Record number of women in work

The proportion of women in employment has reached a record 68.2%, official figures reveal.

Scotland tax devolution legislation published

Draft legislation that will see the devolution of tax powers to Scotland has been published by the UK government.

Government scheme approves 25,000th business loan

The Start Up Loan Company has approved 25,000 business loans, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

Northern Ireland could set corporation tax from 2017

The bill that would permit corporation tax powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland has been published by the government.

Chancellor announces business rates reforms

The Chancellor George Osborne announced a raft of business rates reforms designed to support the growth of small businesses during his 2014 Autumn Statement.

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