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Comprehensive Spending Review: an outline summary

Spending reviews have been part of the governmental landscape since the late 1990s, but none have garnered quite the anticipation of the one which the Coalition government is to deliver on 20 October.

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VAT rise cost businesses as much as decrease

The cost to business of the increase in VAT to 17.5 per cent in January was as high as the earlier drop to 15 per cent, a new survey has found.

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Banks to set up small business fund

The UK’s six largest banks have put forward their plans for boosting the funding of smaller businesses.

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Less than one in five tax underpayments due to HMRC

Only about 20 per cent of taxpayers who have already received or will get letters informing them that they have underpaid their tax through the PAYE system will have the sums written off.

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Uncapped fees rather than graduate tax for students

Universities should be allowed to set their own fees for students, Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding has proposed.

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Health and safety rules stifling businesses

The government’s review of the UK’s health and safety laws needs to concentrate on removing administrative barriers to enterprise and business growth, according to the Forum of Private Business.

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Spending review looms

Spending reviews have been part of the governmental landscape since the late 1990s, but none have garnered quite the anticipation of the one which the Coalition government is to deliver on 20 October.

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Firms yet to face up to impact of cuts

Businesses are failing to appreciate the likely effects of the cuts in public expenditure to be announced in the forthcoming spending review.

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