Government Announcements

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Hopes that small business lending forum may get reprieve

There are hopes that a business lending forum set up by the last government may survive the current administration in some form.

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First meeting for red tape committee

A new Cabinet committee, tasked with the job of reducing the heavy burden of red tape on business, has convened its first meeting.

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Government to set up regional growth fund

Plans have been announced to establish a growth fund worth £1 billion to support business and economic development in those English regions likely to be hit by public spending cuts.

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Business reservations over immigration cap

Business groups have expressed concerns over government plans to introduce a ceiling on non-EU immigration to the UK.

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Pension system to see radical reforms

The government is planning to accelerate moves to raise the state pension age for men to 66 as part of a major overhaul of the pensions system.

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Emergency Budget 2010: mixed reaction to VAT increase

Business groups appear to have accepted the emergency Budget rise in VAT to 20 per cent with a certain resigned stoicism.

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