Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

Employment grows but skills shortage still a concern

The number of people in work rose by 176,000 to 31.7 million between March and May 2016.

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Brexit round-up: Hammond rules out emergency budget

We bring you a round-up of some of the most important Brexit–related stories this week.

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Theresa May appoints new Chancellor

New prime minister Theresa May has appointed Philip Hammond as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, replacing predecessor George Osborne.

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Annexe amendment added to Finance Bill

Purchasing an 'annexe' liable for SDLT? A proposed amendment to the Finance Bill will remove the annexe tax when applied to purchasing a second property.

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Brexit round-up: 2020 surplus scrapped

Introducing the Brexit round-up, bringing you the top stories each week following the result of the EU referendum.

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Streamlined system to challenge business rates announced

For businesses and councils lodging appeals on business rates, details of a new system for checking and challenging bills have been launched.

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Half a million Help to Buy ISAs opened

Purchasing your first property? Over 500,000 people have opened a Help to Buy ISA.

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Household income at record high

The average household income has risen to £473 a week - its highest level on record and £800 a year more than in 2013/14.

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Chancellor gives statement on EU referendum

The chancellor George Osborne has released a statement following the outcome of the EU referendum.

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EU referendum: business reaction

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. We bring you a round-up of business reaction from industry bodies.

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