Government Initiatives

New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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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.

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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.

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Flooding grant scheme opens

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

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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.

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New measures for SMEs announced

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

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First pension changes come into effect

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

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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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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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