Government Announcements

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Autumn Statement 2014: at a glance

Chancellor George Osborne gave his final Autumn Statement speech before the next general election to parliament on Wednesday 3 December. This is our summary of the headline announcements for both businesses and individuals.

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Autumn Statement 2014: expectations

The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the final Autumn Statement of this parliament early this afternoon. We look at what certain interested parties are calling for or expecting from the Chancellor's speech.

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Committee to examine Prompt Payment Code

Businesses and the public sector will lead a new advisory board designed to strengthen the Prompt Payment Code, the government has announced.

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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.

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Bill introduces April 2015 pension reforms

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

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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.

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Simpler accounting rules proposed

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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