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State pension ‘worst in the developed world’

16 Feb 18

The state pension in the UK is the lowest of 24 developed countries.

First-time buyers soar to 11-year high

15 Feb 18

Buyers taking out first mortgage hits highest level since 2006.

Tax-free childcare fully rolled out

14 Feb 18

Under-12s now eligible, following delays to government scheme.

Firms urged into agency worker rethink

13 Feb 18

Some businesses accused of being ‘agency worker reliant’.

Food and drink exports grow to £22bn

12 Feb 18

Whisky exports reach £4.5 billion.

More landlords in buy-to-let arrears

09 Feb 18

Landlords in ‘significant’ arrears increase by 20%.

3 in 4 SME owners plan to work past retirement age

08 Feb 18

11% of business owners think they won’t be able to retire.

Employers face stricter rules over workers’ rights

07 Feb 18

Government announces plans to modernise flexible workers’ rights.

Property proves most popular retirement saving option

06 Feb 18

Workplace pensions seen as the safest option for retirement saving.

Record number of tax returns submitted on time

05 Feb 18

4.8 million submit 2016/17 returns with less than a month to go.

Taxpayers reclaim £493m from HMRC

02 Feb 18

Revenue accused of 'tax first, ask questions later' approach.

Self-employed workers ‘failing to prepare financially’

01 Feb 18

Lack of business savings puts sole traders at risk.

Chancellor calls for IHT review

31 Jan 18

Review needed to simplify ‘complex’ system.

Startup numbers fall after IR35 clampdown

30 Jan 18

Business formation drops by over 23,000 in 2017.

Economic growth exceeds forecasts

29 Jan 18

Growth in services and manufacturing boosts the economy.

Government reforms funeral payments scheme

26 Jan 18

£700 maximum contribution falls short of funeral costs.

1 in 3 tax returns still outstanding

25 Jan 18

3 million returns are due, just 6 days before the deadline.

Capital gains receipts set to hit new high

24 Jan 18

CGT receipts to rise by almost 5% since 2016/17.

‘Superstar’ SMEs could be worst hit by effects of Brexit

23 Jan 18

Innovative firms most likely to see negative impacts.

Most firms call for apprenticeship levy replacement

22 Jan 18

Existing levy does little to encourage training, research shows.

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