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Government promises plans for growth

The government has outlined plans for £200 billion of investment in infrastructure projects in the UK as part of a strategy for economic growth and recovery.

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MEPs vote for extended maternity leave on full pay

The European Parliament has given its backing to proposals that would see maternity leave on full pay extended to 20 weeks.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: effect on business support

Given that the Department of Business is facing annual cuts in its budget of 7.1 per cent, broad business support has inevitably been diminished.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: green tax change criticised

The government has come under fire for imposing what has been described as a “green stealth tax” in the spending review.

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Lessons and challenge from the Spending Review

In many ways the spending reductions made by the Chancellor were largely anticipated. The size of the current deficit has grown to over £160 billion this year and it was acknowledged by most that decisive action needed to be taken in order to head off a deeper deficit problem in years to come.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: the full cuts revealed

The Chancellor, George Osborne stood up in the House Commons to detail the largest series of public spending cuts seen in decades.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: tax

Like most other government departments, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to lose a part of its budget as a result of the spending review.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: low carbon economy

As promised, the government is to create a Green Investment Bank in an effort to boost the UK’s low carbon economy.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: transport

The government has committed itself to £30 billion of investment in the transport system but has also announced that capital spending by the Department of Transport is to be cut by 11 per cent.

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