Government Announcements

Spotlight - Government Announcements

30 hours’ free childcare available

Around 390,000 working parents are expected to benefit from 1 September 2017.

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Digital spending for SMEs passes £1.2bn

Most government spending on digital services has gone to SMEs.

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Over a million save into Help to Buy ISA

First-time buyers have saved around £1.8 billion into Help to Buy ISAs since 2015.

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Government cracks down on pension scams

Fraudsters face fines for coaxing savers to move pensions to fake schemes.

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Unemployment rate falls to 4.4%

The jobless total fell to its lowest rate since 1975 in Q2 2017.

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Most small firms shunned from devolution talks

The majority of small firms are being excluded from the devolution process in their local area.

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Private pensions boost retirees’ income

Private pensions helped retirees’ income nearly triple in real terms in the last 40 years.

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Data protection overhaul to affect SMEs

Individuals will be able to legally ask businesses to delete certain personal data from May 2018.

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Bank of England cuts growth forecast

As interest rates were held at 0.25%, the Bank of England has cut its growth forecast to 1.7%.

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Wales to receive income tax powers in 2019

Devolution deal to hand taxation powers to Welsh Assembly in 2 years.

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