Current Affairs

Value of insurance fraud at record high

The number of fraudulent insurance claims detected by insurers increased by 9% between 2013 and 2014, research by the Association of British Insurers has found.

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Summer Budget 2015: Expectations

The Chancellor George Osborne will deliver the Summer Budget early this afternoon. Ahead of his statement to the House of Commons, here are some measures that have got the commentators speculating.

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Tax reform tops FSB Budget wish list

The Chancellor should focus his first all-conservative Budget on reducing the deficit, promoting growth and supporting small businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses has said.

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Graduates embrace entrepreneurial spirit

Almost a sixth of graduates plan to start their own business, according to research by Direct Line for Business.

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Fake financial services top cold-call scams

Fraudulent banking services, credit brokers and investment opportunities are the most common scams used by cold-callers, according to analysis by Citizens Advice.

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Ageing population will compound skills shortage

Employers will face a serious skills shortage over the next 20 years if they do not act to promote greater age diversity in their workforces, according to The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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Start-ups to hit record number in 2015

The number of new start-ups starting business in 2015 is expected to reach a record 600,000, according to StartUp Britain.

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Employers 'feel the pinch' of skills shortages

More than three quarters of employers have experienced recruitment difficulties in the past year, according to research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

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Optimism for first-time buyer market grows

Confidence in the first-time buyer market has grown over the past 3 years, a report by Halifax has suggested.

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Employees value inclusive workplaces

More than half of employees want their workplace to have an inclusive 'family feel', a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found.

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