Government Announcements

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Inflation rate rises to 2.9%

UK inflation rose to its joint highest rate in more than 5 years.

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Chancellor confirms Autumn Budget date

Autumn Budget will take place on 22 November 2017.

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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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