Government Announcements

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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.

Budget 2014: responses

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his 2014 Budget statement on 19 March 2014. Here is a round-up of reaction from industry bodies.

Budget 2014: business expectations

Ahead of the Chancellor's 2014 Budget statement this afternoon, here's a summary of measures and policies that the UK's leading business groups are calling for.

Help to Buy extended by four years

The Government has extended its Help to Buy equity loan scheme by four years, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Minimum wage rises to £6.50 an hour

The National Minimum Wage for adults is to rise by 19p an hour to £6.50, the Government has announced.

Coastal Communities Fund winners announced

More than 50 coastal regeneration projects have been awarded a share of £27.7 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

Northern Ireland rates relief scheme could be extended

A scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland following the recession could be extended beyond 2015, Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has hinted.

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