Government Announcements

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Unemployment rate falls to 6.9 per cent

The unemployment rate fell by 77,000 to 2.24 million between December 2013 and February 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

New personal tax statement for 24 million people

From October 2014, around 24 million people will receive a personal tax statement from HMRC detailing how their taxes were spent, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Employment law changes coming into effect

The start of the new tax year on 6 April 2014 will see a number of changes to employment law.

Flooding grant scheme opens

The grant scheme designed to reduce the risks of flooding has opened for applications, the Government has announced.

Growth in intellectual property investment

Business investment in 'intangible' assets, such as intellectual property, increased by more than 10 per cent to £137.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, according to Government figures.

New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

Retail sales up 3.7 per cent

Retail sales, by quantity, were 3.7 per cent higher in February 2014 than they were in February 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

First pension changes come into effect

The first stage of the pension reforms announced in the 2014 Budget has come into effect.

PM hints at inheritance tax change

The inheritance tax threshold should be raised above its current £325,000 limit for individuals, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

New NI enterprise zone to boost growth

The new enterprise zone in Coleraine, announced by Chancellor George Osborne during the 2014 Budget, will be "another tool to lever economic growth", Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said.

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