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Budget 2020: key points for the financial services industry

11 Mar 2020
The 2020 budget is the first under Boris Johnson's government and includes some interesting elements for the financial services industry. The detail shows the government's ambition to be at the cutting edge of financial regulation and evidences a commitment to ensure the regulatory framework can keep pace with advancing technologies
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Budget 2020: key changes to pensions tax relief

11 Mar 2020
Following concerns that pensions tax charges are forcing experienced staff out of the NHS Pension Scheme and impacting services for patients, the Chancellor has today announced measures to increase the point at which the tapering of the annual allowance starts.

Budget 2020: transport and infrastructure in the North East

11 Mar 2020
So the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, promised that his Budget would deliver historic investment in roads, railways and other infrastructure schemes, as the Government looked to "level up" the UK. But using his own political pantomime cry, did the Chancellor ensure that this Budget "gets it done" for transport initiatives here in the North East?
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What the Green Party manifesto proposes on pensions

20 Nov 2019
The Green Party released its manifesto on Tuesday which included a number of proposals for the UK pensions systems. Most of these relate to the state side of the pension and care system – for example, including pensioners in the proposed universal basic income system at the higher rate of £178 per week, and the provision of taxpayer funded personal social care for those who require it, mirroring the current Scottish system.
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Is help for the high street on its way?

19 Nov 2019
Ahead of publishing their formal manifesto the Conservatives have pledged to increase the business rates discount afforded to small retailers to 50%, up from the current 33% reduction. They estimate that this will lead to an average saving of £1,400 per business. The British Retail Consortium have been critical of these plans stating that they do not go far enough in aiding the high street to ward off the competition faced by online retailers.
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Infringement proceedings against the UK launched

14 Nov 2019
A press release issued by Brussels confirms that the European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner. The press release states that the EU Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to the UK for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner. It states that the UK authorities are invited to submit its observations on the letter of formal notice at the latest by Friday 22 November.