Government Announcements

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Above-inflation minimum wage rise proposed

A three per cent rise in the national minimum wage (NMW) has been recommended by the Low Pay Commission.

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Unemployment falling in Northern Ireland

Unemployment increased slightly in Northern Ireland in the three months to December 2013 but fell over the year, figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency show.

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Government support for flood-hit businesses

Businesses affected by recent flooding can get Government support to help them recover.

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Help to Buy creates 46 new homeowners per day

The equity loan element of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme has created 46 new homeowners every day since its launch in April 2013, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Cameron pledges red tape reform

Thousands of rules affecting businesses are to be amended or scrapped, Prime Minister David Cameron will tell the Federation of Small Businesses today.

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