Government Initiatives

Firms to get letters on NIC holiday tax returns

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that employers who have successfully applied to join the Government’s NIC holiday scheme should be getting a paper national insurance return in the post during March.

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Keep graduate intern scheme

The Government should maintain support for its internship scheme against a background of rising graduate unemployment.

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More must be done to boost business growth, say MPs

Government plans for encouraging business growth have come under criticism from a committee of MPs.

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Questions still to be answered on bank lending

The commitment by the major banks, announced as part of the Project Merlin deal struck with the Government, to increase lending to smaller firms has been broadly welcomed, but questions remain, insist small business organisations.

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Bank levy to rise ahead of the Budget

The Chancellor, George Osborne has said that the levy charged on bank profits is to rise by an extra £800 million this year.

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Chancellor wants ideas for the Budget

The Chancellor, George Osborne has flagged up a new online portal, designed to elicit ideas from the public and from businesses for the forthcoming Budget.

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Firms urged to take on more apprentices

The Government is looking to private firms to create a further 100,000 apprenticeship places over the next three years.

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Increase in Time to Pay rejections

There was an increase last year in the number of requests to defer business tax payments under the Time to Pay scheme that were refused by HM Revenue and Customs.

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