Government Announcements

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Unemployment rate falls to 6%

The number of unemployed people fell by 154,000 to 1.97 million between June and August 2014, according to official figures.

Bill introduces April 2015 pension reforms

Draft legislation that sets out the pension reforms announced at the 2014 Budget has now been published.

New support for online exporters

UK businesses will have access to a new package of services designed to boost online exports, UK Trade and Investment has announced.

Simpler accounting rules proposed

Thousands of medium-sized businesses will be able to submit simpler accounts with Companies House under government proposals.

Independent pensions guidance confirmed

Pension savers will have the right to free and impartial guidance on how to benefit from the pension reforms that come into effect in April 2015, the Treasury has announced.

Inflation rises sharply

The consumer prices index rate of inflation rose sharply to 1.9% in June 2014, up from 1.5% in May 2014, according to official figures.

SMEs uncertain about flexible working

Nearly half (45%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are unaware of the upcoming changes to the law on flexible working, according to a study by Citrix/YouGov.

Retail sales growth at 10-year high

UK retail sales experienced the highest annual growth in a decade as sales rose 6.9% in April 2014 year-on-year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Northern Ireland apprenticeship scheme launches

A new apprenticeship scheme has been launched in Northern Ireland for the information, communications and technology sector.

Mixed success for Scottish manufactured exports

Scottish manufactured export volumes in 2013 rose 1.9% on 2012, the fastest annual increase since 2008, according to official figures.

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